July 22nd, 2020
In this 90-minute, small-group session, students will write a first-draft personal statement/college essay. Before writing begins, students will be guided through a process where they identify their values, strengths, and unique experiences that would be appreciated on a college campus. Next, students will write a draft essay that responds to one of the Common Application prompts, revealing their best qualities and helping them stand apart from other applicants. Instruction on topic development, finding a unique voice, selecting stories and details, and essay structure are key components of this session. Students will receive personalized feedback and an action plan for editing and finalizing the essay.