The Best Time To Work On A College Application Essay

Summer is in full swing, and students are enjoying the sun, surf and sleeping in late that this respite from school brings. Although it's tempting to kick back and relax all summer, now is actually the best time for teens to start working on their college application essays.

When school starts in fall, it will bring challenging classes for students in their senior year, as well as extracurricular activities such as sports and clubs. Often, volunteer projects must be done as well, to satisfy requirements at school and to bolster college applications. Buckling down now to brainstorm and start writing is the smartest thing a soon-to-be busy student can do.

Coming up with a topic is often the hardest part of getting started, and I can help. I have a series of questions I like to ask teens to help them identify what it is that will really make them stand out on their application. Some teens have an idea of what they want to write about but need help organizing their thoughts. One of the most helpful things I do is to draft an outline while we talk, assisting clients in making sense of their ideas and transforming them into one powerful essay.

Getting started can be the most difficult part of the process, but once a client has something down on paper, it quickly begins to take shape and turn into something that they can be proud of. I'd advise all teens applying to college this fall to set aside some time soon to look at the Common App essay prompts and start brainstorming how they can answer them.

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