College Admissions Essay Coaching

Most high school juniors and seniors try to imagine what their college years will bring. At some point, seniors realize that in less than twelve months they will be living in a dorm with a new roommate, mini-frig, and the perfect comforter bought over the summer. They will be walking or biking to an 8:30 class half-way across campus, camping out in the library between classes, eating dorm food, and perhaps gradually gaining the freshman fifteen. They will be miles away from hall passes, morning meetings in the gym, homeroom, or a designated time for lunch. Many juniors imagine all of the above but with an added year to invent even more possibilities.

Unfortunately, before college becomes a reality, both juniors and seniors must complete a fairly daunting task list: meet numerous times with their college counselor, ask teachers for letters of recommendations, take the ACT/SAT, the SAT II’s, take AP exams, take the ACT/SAT a second (or third) time, request official transcripts, construct a resume, attend college fairs, impress college admissions officers, and think about what they are looking for in a dream school – size, location, social life, academic intensity. In addition, they may need to complete the FAFSA, as well as find and apply for scholarships. Some schools may be sure things. Others might be difficult, “reach” schools. By now, some seniors might regret not taking their junior year academics seriously, while others might wish they would have stuck with the cross-country team.

But, while the last three years of grades cannot be changed and a teacher’s assessment cannot be finagled, students can control the quality of their college admissions essay. Grades, the rigor of the classes taken, and standardized test scores matter more to college admissions officers, but, in those schools where clients are competing with students with similar qualifications, the admissions essay DOES make a difference. This essay can convince an admissions officer that he or she is worth pursuing because that individual would add something unique to the school.

Outbound Essays offers a sounding board and editing partner to those who would benefit from talking through ideas and issues, rather than simply going through the process alone. Outbound Essays can assist by allowing clients the space to navigate the stressors of senior year—including academics, athletics, or even the process of saying goodbye to family and friends. With Outbound Essays, students are able to write their personal best college essay, increasing the odds of being accepted to their perfect match of a school.

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