An effective college essay has to be many things at the same time. It has to be personal without being clichéd, questioning without being preachy and introspective without being judgmental. Equally important is the tone of the essay. Depending upon who you are and what you are writing about, the tone can be formal, conversational, serious or even self-deprecatingly humorous.
As obvious as it may sound, understanding what the prompt is asking for and how it relates to what you want to say is important. So long as you address the prompt candidly, you can pretty much write about anything: from a seminal moment in your life to questioning the very existence of life. No topic is too big or too weird for getting your point across.
In designing our college essay writing workshop, we drew upon many years of our experience and understanding of how unique this exercise is. The workshop allows for brainstorming, collaborating on topics and sampling effective past essays to jump start student’s thinking.
Our goal: By the end of the workshop, students have a solid working draft for the common app essay, as well as a creative approach to work on additional essays they may need.