Greetings Students and Families,
Common App 2021-22 College Essays!
My sophomores (23) and Juniors (22) are engaged in college research — learning more about potential academic majors that are a “fit” for their emerging interests and talents. Whether you’re working with a private college counselor or your school’s guidance counselor, high school juniors should be engaged in exploring colleges and perhaps scheduling some spring virtual campus visits are on the agenda.
At some point during the spring semester- typically close to AP exams- -many English teachers assign writing the first draft of your Common App college essay. In isolation- while it’s great to start early, your teacher may not have the time to truly brainstorm with you more holistically about your experiences in a way that is strategic about the college application process ahead. With a variety of essays– the core and college specific supplemental essays — before attempting to write for your teacher- at minimum, I strongly suggest having a conversation with your school’s college counselor to understand what’s required. Here’s a few of my resources on college essays you can read or watch.
I also invite Juniors to explore our June Writers’ Block Workshop– open to students virtually for our second year! Space is limited- please register early! We meet daily with presentations and one-on-one personal writing conferences in Zoom break-out room.s
Juniors- Class of 2022– – The Common Application has announced Essays and once again there will minimal change to the core prompts. There is a new prompt about “kindness” – a topic I write about often. Individual colleges announce their college-specific supplemental prompts over the summer. These do change.
For all juniors, get a jump start on your applications by completing your Common App Core Essay as soon as possible.
Our team is ready to assist with brainstorming content for your essay to best showcase your strengths and potential contribution to the freshman class of 2025!
While students don’t need to be worrying about writing their college essay in 8th or even 10th grades, I encourage everyone to begin implementing a student-led path of exploration of both personal and academic pursuits throughout middle and high school.
Contact College Advisor Bonnie Rabin, PhD at 833.MY.ESSAY or click to connect.
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