The college essay is a stressful requirement for students and parent. However, it doesn’t have to be that way.
With college application due dates beginning November 1, there is still time to craft an essay in an organized and stress-free manner.
The essay offers students a chance to grab the attention of college admissions officers and show what makes them unique. Rather than becoming overwhelmed by this part of the application process, students can utilize a well-structured approach to effectively put forth their best selves.
To help both students and parents with this college admissions rite of passage, Greenwich Education Group, in partnership with Arch Street Teen Center of Greenwich and the Greenwich Sentinel, will hold a free seminar entitled “Taking the Stress Out of the College Essay” on Wednesday, October 4 at 7:30 pm at the Arch Street Greenwich Teen Center, 100 Arch Street, Greenwich, CT.
The session is open to both parents and students. The presentation will include a question and answer session. Anyone attending the seminar will be eligible to enter a drawing for a free college essay consultation. The winner must be present at the time of the drawing.
Arch Street is a drug and alcohol free center offering programs for 6th through 12th graders, as well as special speaker events for the parent community of Greenwich.
“Writing college essays doesn’t need to be an intimidating experience,” said Hilary Stark, Associate Director of College Consulting for Greenwich Education Group. “In reality, it gives students a chance to express themselves and provide insight into who they are. It can be the most personal and powerful part of the entire application.”
Stark has over 15 years of experience helping students choose the right schools for themselves and then navigating the college application process. She has been the Associate Director of College Consulting at Greenwich Education Group since 2014.
“Our focus is on making sure that each student has the best educational experience possible,” said Victoria Newman, Founder and Executive Director of Greenwich Education Group. “We believe the essay is the critical part of the application, and we work to ensure that each essay represents the applicant in the best possible light.”
Newman said GEG’s successful launch of the free college essay seminar two years ago, in cooperation with Arch Street, indicated that both parents and students are looking advice and guidance.
“Every child has their own story to tell and our college team and essay specialists expertly guide each client,” Newman said. “This is the hallmark of GEG’s college advisory practice.”
The seminar will cover a range of topics, including choosing the most appropriate prompt questions on the Common Application as well as how to answer the shorter supplemental essay questions, selecting the right topics, using the right tone, style and approach, organizing the drafts and final versions, and avoiding common mistakes.
Kyle Silver, Executive Director of Arch Street Greenwich Teen Center, explains the synergy in working with GEG given the important nature of the seminar.
“The college application process can feel fairly intimidating for the entire family. We are pleased to be working with GEG to give students and parents the opportunity to lower the anxiety level that comes with these challenges.”
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