Todays Goals• Start Talking about the College Essay • Brainstorm Ideas • Upload Brainstorm to Naviance
Why Write an Essay?• Apples to Apples- Tip the scale in your favor • Writing well- Show them you can do it!• Personality, life experience, unique narrative
What if I Dont Feel Like Writing One?Well, its a required element on the Common Application. Write one anyway. Youll need it in your back pocket, even for CCP. A great college essay can also function as a scholarship essay.
The Common ApplicationQ: How long can your essay be?
The Common Application A: 250 words minimum... dont exceed 500. WHY???
The Common Application You have one chance to impress the Admissions Committee They read tons of essaysThey will spend 3 minutes looking at youYou have to grab/hold them right away!!
The Common ApplicationEssay topics:• Evaluate a signiﬁcant experience, achievement, risk you have taken, or ethical dilemma you have faced and its impact on you.• Discuss some issue of personal, local, national, or international concern and its importance to you.
The Common ApplicationEssay topics:• Indicate a person who has had a signiﬁcant inﬂuence on you, and describe that inﬂuence. Describe a character in ﬁction, a historical ﬁgure, or a creative work (as in art, music, science, etc.) that has had an inﬂuence on you, and explain that inﬂuence.• A range of academic interests, personal perspectives, and life experiences adds much to the educational mix. Given your personal background, describe an experience that illustrates what you would bring to the diversity in a college community, or an encounter that demonstrated the importance of diversity to you.
The Common ApplicationEssay topics:• Topic of your choice.Ms. Dunns editorial comment: Unless this is your ONLY option, choose another one from the list. This is WAY too open ended and can lead to a meandering, wandering essay.
Lets BrainstormWhat have you done that youre proud of?What experience has shaped you?What challenge(s) have you overcome?Who has helped shape you into who you are?
Lets Brainstorm More ideas can be found here:http://tinyurl.com/7v4m87v
Whats Next?1. Open a document on your computer1. Start a brainstorm list1. SAVE IT1. Log onto Naviance5. Go to the About Me tab
Whats Next?1. Scroll down to JOURNAL2. Click "JOURNAL"3. Click "START NEW ENTRY"Type: MY ESSAYSubject Line: Brainstorming College Essay6. Share with: Counselors and Teachers7. Click "Upload File/Attach File"8. Click "Add Journal Entry"
Whats Next? Draft your essay over the summer We will work on the essay in Sept/OctCollege Essay Writing Workshops- FridaysOther supports (Ms. Block, Mr. Pahomov)