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. It may be a student’s only chance to show colleges what will make him an important addition to their student bodies. 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, will hold a free seminar entitled “Taking the Stress Out of the College Essay” on Wednesday, September 14 at 10:00am and 7:00pm at Arch Street Greenwich Teen Center.
Each session will be approximate 90 minutes and will include a question and answer session. 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.
According to Hilary Stark, Associate Director of College Consulting for Greenwich Education Group, the essay shouldn’t be viewed as a daunting task.
“In reality, the essay gives students a chance to express themselves and provide insight into who they are,” she said. “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.
“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 launched the free college essay seminar last year in cooperation with Arch Street, and it was well received by parents and students.
The seminar will cover a range of topics, including choosing the most appropriate prompt questions on the Common Application as well as supplemental essay, 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,” Silver said. “We’re 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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