By Kim Lifton
Wow Writing Workshop
A few weeks ago, my daughter, Sarah, a high school junior, took her first crack at a college application essay she was writing in English class.
Sarah said she needed help. She had no idea what story to tell.
I suggested my daughter take a step back and rethink how she was looking at this assignment. Instead of focusing on what story to tell, she should consider what she wanted colleges to know about her beyond grades, transcript and extracurricular activities.
This advice was new to Sarah. Her assignment said to read a sample essay, pick a prompt, and tell a story about herself that answered the prompt. There were some decent tip sheets included in the assignment.
It was not supposed to be a five-paragraph essay. And it had to be personal. The problem was, everything about the assignment focused on what do to and what not to do. There was no mention of how to get there.
It was a good class assignment; it just wasn’t enough to help a student master this task and write an essay that would stand out. At Wow, we know how to take it to the next level.
We know that reading a strong sample essay will not do much more than encourage you to imitate the one you read. Reviewing a list of do’s and don’ts is nice, but it’s not enough. Reading a 300-page book or searching for answers on the Internet might confuse you, make the process seem too complicated or give you wrong information. None of this will teach you HOW to write a great essay.
The Secret to Standing Out and Getting In!
No one knows more about the college essay than Wow. Because we talk regularly with admissions officers and speak at industry conferences about the essay, we know what colleges want. Who you are? Can you write well enough to succeed in college? Are you a good fit for their university?
Letting them know who you are requires thinking and reflection. To start, you must answer this question: What do you want colleges to know about you that they can’t find out from the rest of your application? Are you smart? Resilient? Funny? Social? Are you a hard worker?
Sarah told me she wanted colleges to know she was responsible. That was perfect because it was her idea, and there was no right or wrong answer to my question. Once she answered it, brainstorming for story ideas was a lot easier.
At Wow, we’ve developed an entire online writing system to help students like you think about the essay in a new way, and also learn how to write it, step-by-step. It’s a simple, proven method that will give you the best chance to stand out and get in to your top choice school.
Don’t treat the college essay lightly. Good grades and test scores are not enough to land you a coveted spot at your top choice college in this competitive landscape.
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