For some students, the greatest challenge of writing a college application essay is determining the topic. I work with a student to brainstorm and explore ideas until we identify a subject that allows the student to reveal an interesting aspect of their personal experiences, their intellectual interests, or their character. The student writes a draft essay and I make suggestions about how to structure and refine it so that the student’s voice comes through clearly and effectively. We review and revise the essay until it communicates a positive, truthful story that demonstrates how they will be an asset to the college community.
The Personal Essay is required for almost all college applications. The essay is generally 550-650 words.
Supplemental Essays are required by individual colleges and are often unique to each college. They generally run 100-650 words.