A strong college application and personal narrative essay are two key components necessary for getting into the college of your choice: they are a reflection of who you are and they convince the college admissions officers why they should accept you. When you apply to college, you are just a name on a page among thousands of other names and pages; the application and essay offer the one chance to display aspects of your personality, character, and ambitions that set you apart from the sea of other applicants.
However, many students do not know how to utilize their application and essays to their greatest advantage, and it is critical that these items are carefully planned and constructed to ensure that they are not forgettable. The College Application and Essay Workshop will help you identify key strengths, personal characteristics, and life experiences to include in your college application and essay, and how to write them in such a way that they communicate your critical thinking ability, creativity, perseverance, drive, passion, and initiative.
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You will receive an introduction to the Common Application (used by many schools). Even if a school does not use the Common Application, it is similar to the Coalition Application (also used by many schools) and colleges’ unique applications. Therefore, information can be easily transferred to these other applications.
You will receive an introduction the College Board website, which can help in identifying what schools to apply to, and what qualities those schools value.
You will write and revise your personal narrative essay. The personal narrative is not your typical English essay and you will learn strategies to write yours so that it is memorable and reflects your unique characteristics.
You will complete rough drafts of essays at home and submit them online for personalized written teacher feedback. This allows for more in-class time devoted to one-on-one writing conferences with the teacher.
You may write and revise additional essays – Most schools require short essay responses in addition to the personal narrative, and if the teacher approves a final copy of the personal narrative before the final session, the student can use the remaining sessions to work on, and receive feedback on, an additional essay.
You will complete a resume – While the essay often highlights one aspect, the extracurricular activities section develops a more complete picture. You will learn how to maximize short activity descriptions to highlight your skills, work, and leadership experience.
Time: Sunday 3:30-4:30
Location: Fredericksburg Headquarters Library Meeting Room
Dates of in-person classes: 8/19, 8/26, 9/9, 9/16, and 9/23
*Also includes 1.5 hours of teacher revisions to their essays.
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You are required to complete the three steps below before you are registered for the workshop. Please email us at [email protected] if you have any questions or any trouble completing both forms or making payment.
Step 1 – Student Information Form
Please complete the entire student information form below. You are not finished until you also complete Step 2 – Policies and Regulations and Step 3 – Payment
Step 2 – Policies and regulations
Please click the link below to sign our policies and regulations for tutoring with Parrish Learning Zone, LLC. This will take you to a link with HelloSign, after you click the link you will be required to confirm your email address. Please pay close attention to the attendance policy and make sure to let us know if you have any questions at all. Please sign and check the boxes in the appropriate places. Be sure to include your child’s name at the top.
Cost: $230.00 for the entire workshop.
Please email [email protected] if you have questions or would like to pay using a different method such as cash or check.