COMMUNICATING THEIR STORIES:
STRATEGIES FOR HELPING STUDENTS
WRITE POWERFUL COLLEGE ESSAYS
NACAC 2013
Rebecca Joseph, Cali...
Essays = Opportunity
• Control
• Reflect
• Share
How Important are the Essays?
1.Grades
2.Rigor of Coursework, School
3.Test Scores
4.Essays*
5.Recommendations
6.Activitie...
What do Admissions Officers
Look for?
• Context
• Values
• Intellectual curiosity, a playful mind, or a sense of
humor
• C...
Steps to Success
• Understand
• Organize
• Prepare
• Reflect
• Brainstorm
• Draft
• Edit
Understand the Landscape
• The Common Application: New Prompts, New
Members, and New Length Requirements!
• Large Public U...
Organize
• Create a Master Chart
• Major Deadlines and Needs
• Essay Questions: core and supplemental
• Look For Patterns
...
Prepare
• Search for “Essays that Worked”
• Find Unusual Essay Prompts
• Read Essays from Older Students
Sample Essays from Yale
In addition to Common App
1. Why Yale (120 word max)
2. 5 25 word short responses
3. 1 500 word lo...
Reflect
• Write a Resume
• Academics
• In-School Activities
• Out-of-School Activities
• Seek to Convey
• Consistency
• De...
Brainstorm
• Dear Roommate Letters
• Culture Bags
• Facebook Pictures
• Write a “Where I’m From” poem modeled on
George Ly...
Draft
• Into
• Lead the reader into the story
• Start with a hook
• Consider cutting first paragraph(s) from first draft
•...
Edit
• Know When to Stop
• Just Say “No!”
• Students
• Parents
• Educators
• Authentic Voice
Essays = Opportunity
• Help students realize that essays give them a
chance to:
• Tell a story that is important to them
•...
Contact Us
• Dr. Rebecca Joseph:
rjoseph@allcollegeessays.org and
rjoseph@calstatela.edu.
• iPhone/iPad/Google App-All Col...
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Nacac 2013 powerpoint 9.10.2013

This is our NACAC 2013 Session PowerPoint. Please feel free to use this but just credit it to the four of us. We provide a variety of powerful strategies to assist counselors as they work with students on their college application essays.
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
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Source: www.slideshare.net


Transcripts - Nacac 2013 powerpoint 9.10.2013

  • 1. COMMUNICATING THEIR STORIES: STRATEGIES FOR HELPING STUDENTS WRITE POWERFUL COLLEGE ESSAYS NACAC 2013 Rebecca Joseph, California State University, Los Angeles, CA Rebecca Cullen, The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, VA Margit Dahl, Yale University, CT Erica Sanders, University of Michigan, MI
  • 2. Essays = Opportunity • Control • Reflect • Share
  • 3. How Important are the Essays? 1.Grades 2.Rigor of Coursework, School 3.Test Scores 4.Essays* 5.Recommendations 6.Activities 7.Special skills, talents, awards, community service and passions
  • 4. What do Admissions Officers Look for? • Context • Values • Intellectual curiosity, a playful mind, or a sense of humor • Commitment/Depth of Interests • Interaction with and/or perception by others • Special talents and qualities • Realistic self-appraisal
  • 5. Steps to Success • Understand • Organize • Prepare • Reflect • Brainstorm • Draft • Edit
  • 6. Understand the Landscape • The Common Application: New Prompts, New Members, and New Length Requirements! • Large Public Universities • Private College Specific Applications • Other Systems (Universal Application, etc.)
  • 7. Organize • Create a Master Chart • Major Deadlines and Needs • Essay Questions: core and supplemental • Look For Patterns • Color code all similar or overlapping essays
  • 8. Prepare • Search for “Essays that Worked” • Find Unusual Essay Prompts • Read Essays from Older Students
  • 9. Sample Essays from Yale In addition to Common App 1. Why Yale (120 word max) 2. 5 25 word short responses 3. 1 500 word long essay 4. 1 additional essay for engineering applicants (500 word max)
  • 10. Reflect • Write a Resume • Academics • In-School Activities • Out-of-School Activities • Seek to Convey • Consistency • Development • Leadership • Initiative
  • 11. Brainstorm • Dear Roommate Letters • Culture Bags • Facebook Pictures • Write a “Where I’m From” poem modeled on George Lyon’s original • Write three responses to the old common application short essay activities prompt • “What activity, in or out of school, have you truly loved and why?”
  • 12. Draft • Into • Lead the reader into the story • Start with a hook • Consider cutting first paragraph(s) from first draft • Through • Use 1/3, 2/3 method • Use first person • Show don’t tell • Beyond • Connect to who student is now and who student wants to be • Evoke core qualities, convey morals
  • 13. Edit • Know When to Stop • Just Say “No!” • Students • Parents • Educators • Authentic Voice
  • 14. Essays = Opportunity • Help students realize that essays give them a chance to: • Tell a story that is important to them • Share their authentic voice • Control an aspect of the application process • Reinforce other important aspects of their application
  • 15. Contact Us • Dr. Rebecca Joseph: rjoseph@allcollegeessays.org and rjoseph@calstatela.edu. • iPhone/iPad/Google App-All College Application Essays • Rebecca Cullen: rcullen@jkcf.org • Margit Dahl: margit.dahl@yale.edu • Erica Sanders: yale@umich.edu