February 20, 2020 - Michael Salinger
Osborne Andrews Academy
4.0 GPAs are a dime a dozen.
Okay that’s a little inflammatory but the sentiment holds true. The admission process for colleges and universities has become tougher and tougher. With AP and IB classes and the extra emphasis toward college ready students the tip top of the crop is getting more and more crowded.
So, what can separate your student from the rest of the strong candidates with equal academic and extracurricular achievements? One chance to ascend positively from the slush pile is to have a great and unique college essay. Andrews Osborne Academy agrees.
Sara and I spent two days with the 11th graders there, at the invitation of their Librarian Polly and the admin to get the kids started on some grounding frameworks toward the composition of their college essays, as well as the rest of their writing in general.
We shared a couple strategies from our book From Striving to Thriving Writers. First, we organized and wrote a version one of a memoir – the basis of just about every college essay – and then we shared some revision techniques to enhance setting and sentence variety.
This was high speed – done in 90-minute sessions. Therefore, these were not honed to a point pieces – we were more in interested in instilling the concepts of a strong lead, detail and revision.
Like Venus fly traps, the kids grasped the ideas and began digesting.
We’re going to be doing a follow up later this Spring to sit down one on one with any of the kids who would like a consultation on their essays or any other writing they are looking to polish.
This was a great way for us to stretch out and adapt our strategies to older students and it worked great! Thank you AOA!