First Things First: Take It Off Your Stress List
As a private writing, reading, and college test prep tutor over the past 15 years, I’ve witnessed some. . .stress. Parents wanting their kids to study for the SAT as early as sixth grade. Students Skyping me in-between violin and swim practice to wrangle out topic sentences comparing Atticus Finch to Abraham Lincoln. Copies of The Scarlet Letter flung across the room in frustration. (Okay, I confess).
So why would I add to the academic anxiety by suggesting that high schoolers start thinking about their college applications as early as their junior, sophomore, or even freshman year?
For a full discussion of the special nature of the college application essay and why you should consider starting early, see the rest of this article in Chapter 1 of our title How to Write a College Application Essay: Expert Advice to Help You Get Into the College of Your Dreams.
Providing everything a student needs to go from draft to polished essay, the instruction in How to Write a College Application Essay is straightforward, easy to apply, and inspiring. Includes sample essays from students who got into the colleges of their dreams.
“How to Write a College Application Essay is a valuable resource that I enthusiastically recommend to my students and their families.” —Lisa Scanio, High School Counselor, Adlai Stevenson High School