College Application Workshop


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.



“Mrs. Cannavo was an amazing tutor and mentor throughout the beginning of my senior year of high school. College applications can be stressful and time-consuming but with her help, I was able to finish far before any of the due dates. The sessions with her helped me concentrate on my work. She helped me realize my strengths when it came to writing and worked with me through all the struggles I came across.”


Abby C.



“The college application process can be extremely stressful for both the student and their family. Lauren Cannavo at Parrish Learning Zone took most of that stress away for our family. Our daughter used her services last year while completing several applications and actually getting accepted to her dream school. Lauren helped her organize her list of colleges and all of the different requirements and forms of applications, guided her through her thoughtful, unique essays and gave her strategies to organize her applications that highlighted her strengths to attract admissions counselors. We are so happy with Lauren’s knowledge, level of patience and commitment to our daughter that we have hired her to work with our second daughter who is currently in the application process. We highly recommend Lauren. “


Stephanie C.



“Mrs. Cannavo is not only a great teacher, but is fun to work with. She makes the learning environment exciting and I feel like I come out of my sessions learning a lot! “




Click a class below for more information:

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.

Don’t know what schools you want to apply to yet?

The class is still for you! These two components are universal to nearly all college applications, whether they use the Common Application, the Coalition Application, or their own specific application. You can write these (aspects) now and have them ready for when you decide where you want to apply.

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, which can be used as the main Common Application essay as well as the personal statement used at schools that do not use the Common Application. 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.

Personalized Written Feedback & Individual in-class Writing Conferences

You will complete a rough draft of your essay at home and submit it online for personalized written teacher feedback. Using online editing allows the teacher to leave written feedback prior to the next session, which allows you to jump into revising your writing during class. The teacher will give mini-lessons each class about writing skills and strategies, and you can apply these immediately to your writing since you already have your rough draft completed. This also allows for the teacher to hold one on one writing conferences with you, to explain edits and give further advice, which is only possible since writing and editing the rough draft is already completed. This creates a more efficient process and allows you to complete more writing and get more feedback in a shorter amount of time.

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.

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. We will also discuss how to group activities, to make the most of the limited space available in this section. Additionally, I will give advice on the best way to order your activities so that they are listed with your most impressive and illuminating activities first.

You can easily use this information to develop a resume which can be attached to the Common Application and used for schools that specifically require one.

Time: Sundays 4:00-5:00
Location: Parrish Learning Zone (4026 Plank Road)
Dates of in-person classes: 8/4, 8/11, 8/18, and 8/25

Register Below:

Please complete the 3 Steps below. Your seat will be reserved for the class once you complete the form, agree to policies and make your payment (Step 3) :

Welcome to Parrish Learning Zone!

You are required to complete the three steps below before you are registered for the workshop.  Please email us at 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.


Please click “Pay Now” below to make your payment and finalize your registration:

Cost: $185.00 for the entire workshop.

Please email if you have questions or would like to pay using a different method such as cash or check.

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