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New and Noteworthy @PCC
🚀College Admissions Launchpad (class of 2023, 2024, 2025 + parents)
Hosted by Peter and myself, this intensive virtual workshop addresses every element of the college preparation and application process. It will enable you to start making academic, extracurricular, and many other decisions with confidence.
Date: Sunday, June 13 at 10 AM ET (next session July 10)
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🗃️A Peek Into The Black Box of Holistic Admissions
We recently recorded a version of this popular presentation. As soon as it's ready, we're going to release the video on YouTube. Unlike the time spent searching for a show on Netflix, we're confident this is 30 minutes you won't want back.
Date: Coming Soon
✍️Write Your Way Into College (class of 2022)
We've recently updated our signature college essay writing program. Watch for the official announcement of the July cohort dates and course details.
✍️Even though it is technically an admission officer’s job to read your application essay, you don’t want to take them for granted. Because they read hundreds (sometimes thousands) of personal statements, you want to hook them from the start.
One attention grabbing technique is to start in media res, which is just a fancy Latin term that means in the middle of the action. So beginning your essay in media res simply means to start in the middle of a scene without telling all the backstory or what happened prior to it.
The backstory or context can either be easily assumed or if it is necessary to understand the essay, it can be filled in later through flashback or description of the past events.
Better than reading about the drive over and walking from the parking lot inside, right? Check out the full essay and our breakdown.
A few more things...
Are Essays the New SATs? While standardized testing has long been criticized for benefiting wealthier students, a new study has offered similar criticism of college essays. While the researchers' analysis of topics, word choice and syntax is interesting, most experts (me included) found it a little misleading.
The bottom line is that, no matter who you are, your college essays are the best opportunity to tell admission committees about yourself. By telling your story—connecting the dots between your experiences, values, and goals— you reveal what's important to you and how you think.
Far from just another hurdle, Timothy Brunold, dean of admission at USC, has advised students that "this year of all years, they should pay particular attention to the writing that they submit to colleges." We couldn't agree more.