What makes you unique? That’s the all-important question college admissions officers will seek to answer as they review your application. Will you come across as imaginative, compassionate, tenacious, or daring? Will you be seen as someone who will fade into the background, or as someone whose experiences will enrich the life of the campus? Will your essay linger in the minds of admissions officers, or will it be quickly forgotten, adrift among thousands of other essays by students with similar grades and scores?
Our College Essay Boot Camp leads students through a proven, step-by-step process for crafting compelling application essays, from the first draft all the way to the final polish. Through interactive lessons and activities, students learn how to:
The first step in crafting a memorable personal statement isn’t to write a first draft or even to brainstorm. The first, and arguably most important, step involves getting to know your target audience. Who will be reading your essay? What topics and themes do they favor, and what subjects should you avoid? Our College Essay Boot Camp begins by delving into the minds of admissions officers, ensuring that students understand how their compositions will be seen.
A reminiscence about childhood. A chronicle of an exciting research project. An emotional depiction of a violin recital. There are so many potential topics for your essay—but which story is right for you? Finding a suitable topic isn’t about picking a message. It’s about picking the rightmessage for the universities and programs you’re considering. Admissions officers look for students whose academic backgrounds, talents, and aspirations are a good match for their school. We’ll make sure you select a topic that will not only showcase your attributes and accomplishments but also resonate with the specific colleges and fields of study you’re targeting.
College applications refer to the personal statement as an “essay,” but make no mistake. Your goal isn’t to write an essay; it’s to tell a story. Our Boot Camp illustrates how to harness the building blocks of fiction to spark narrative tension, enabling students to craft unique, memorable stories that wil leave admissions officers yearning to learn more and inclined to vote admit.
A 4.2 weighted GPA. A super-score of 1470. Three years of Model United Nations, soccer, and band. Your college application may be brimming with impressive statistics and extracurricular activities, but what does your application say about your core values and beliefs? Do you hope to come across as resilient, compassionate, or persevering, or do you want admissions officers to view you as bold, perhaps even audacious? The application essay isn’t a place for you to reiterate your academic achievements. The essay is your opportunity to prove that you are so much more than grades and scores. We’ll teach you how you can use your personal statement to demonstrate what admissions officers call “character criteria.”
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Our College Essay Boot Camp leads students through a proven, step-by-step process for crafting compelling application essays, from the first draft all the way to the final polish.
Exam 1: Saturday, December 18, 2021, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET at TMLA.
Class 1: Tuesday, January 4, 2022, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. ET (Live-Online).
Class 2: Tuesday, January 11, 2022, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. ET (Live-Online).
Exam 2: Saturday, January 15, 2022, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET at TMLA.
Class 3: Tuesday, January 18, 2022, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. ET (Live-Online).
Class 4: Tuesday, February 1, 2022, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. ET (Live-Online).
Exam 3: Saturday, February 5, 2022, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET at TMLA.
Class 5: Tuesday, February 8, 2022, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. ET (Live-Online).
Class 6: Tuesday, February 15, 2022, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. ET (Live-Online).
Exam 4: Saturday, February 26, 2022, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET at TMLA.
Class 7: Tuesday, March 1, 2022, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. ET (Live-Online).
Class 8: Tuesday, March 8, 2022, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. ET (Live-Online).
Class 1: Wednesday, October 27, 2021, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. ET
Class 2: Saturday, October 30, 2021, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET
Class 3: Wednesday, November 3, 2021, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. ET
Class 4: Saturday, November 6, 2021, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET
Class 5: Wednesday, November 10, 2021, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. ET
Class 6: Saturday, November 13, 2021, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET
Class 7: Wednesday, November 17, 2021, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. ET
Class 8: Saturday, November 20, 2021, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET
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