Greetings from Chicago and happy of 4th July weekend!
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New and Upcoming @PCC
✍️Write Your Way Into College (class of 2022)
Registration is now open for our signature college essay writing course. It's 5 weeks that takes students through a series of video lessons, live classes, and 1-to-1 coaching sessions. Live Zoom sessions begin July 13.
📺College Essay Masterclass
Earlier this week we recorded a live 1.5 hour webinar showcasing our "ACE" method for writing a compelling college essay. It's nowhere near as detailed as our course, but it's full of actionable insights and worth checking out. ICYMI, you can watch the recording.
🚀College Admissions Launchpad (class of 2023 and 2024 + parents)
Hosted by Peter and myself, this intensive virtual workshop addresses every element of the college preparation and application process. Registration for the July session is now closed. Next Available Date: Aug 7.
👨🍳Too Many Cooks
Receiving feedback is a crucial part of the college essay writing process. Even the most talented authors have editors. The key is to ensure you are asking someone whose opinion is credible, and that you trust to give constructive, honest, and valuable feedback.
Be mindful however; one of the biggest mistakes and causes of stress for students is getting feedback from too many people. They all mean well, but "too many cooks in the kitchen" never works.
So whether it is a counselor, teacher, parent, or sibling, try to work primarily with one person. There are points where it may be appropriate to share with someone else, but be specific about what you are asking them to do:
“What are the main character strengths or values that this essay highlights?” is a good question. It limits the scope and ensures you get actionable feedback.
As you go through the writing process, be patient. Know that many exemplary essays have often gone through many drafts before you have had a chance to read them. Know that if your story is authentic and well developed, admissions committees will appreciate your work.
For more, check out our guide on How to "ACE" Your College Essay
A few more things...
😱Correction: It was brought to my attention that the last Savvy Applicant Newsletter had a bad link. My apologies! For those of you looking for our detailed guide to letters of recommendation, please enjoy. And as always, let me know if you have questions.
Remember that the college admissions process is a character-based evaluation. Your character gets communicated in your LORs and almost every other piece of your application!