Seminar on How to Write the College Essay
The college essay is more important than ever and should highlight the applicant’s character. It is the most important essay of a student’s high school career. This course, taught by Mary Gregoire, former Chairperson of the North Andover English Department and present adjunct professor at North Shore Community College and Kathleen Hammel, Doctoral candidate at Southern New Hampshire University and fourth grade teacher in Haverhill, involves two days, 90 minutes each, of whole-group classroom instruction where students examine the seven prompts on the Common Application as well as essays that have been evaluated by major colleges. Further, students examine exemplar essays written by students from area high schools. Tips on how to write the essay, the essay’s focus, help on keeping voice in writing, as well as excellent writing strategies that apply to all writing are included.
Students then write their “Trust the Gush” essay, and organize and edit it. Next, they will have a private one-hour conference with the instructors for any revision necessary. Finally, the essay will be fine tuned with careful editing by the instructor and will be ready to be turned in with the Common Application.
If a student is applying to a college that does not accept the Common Application, the essay will cover that school’s prompt. That essay can still be used on the Common Application because the 7th prompt allows for other essay topics.
Dates and times:
Session 1 - Monday, July 14 10:00 - 11:30 & Tuesday, July 15 10:00 - 11:30. Individual one hour conferences will be assigned for the remainder of the week.
Session 2 - Monday, August 2 6:30 - 8:00 & Tuesday, August 3 6:30 - 8:00. Individual one-hour conferences will be assigned for the remainder of the week.
Additional Personalized Essay Review: $80 per hour