Parents Are Key in Helping with College Essays


As parents of high school students, we know that the college application process can be a daunting task, especially when it comes to writing the essay portion. As the founder and Chief Education Officer of Strategic Admissions Advice, I have seen countless students struggle with the essay-writing process. However, with the right guidance and approach, your child can write an essay that stands out from the rest.

Encourage Your Child to Be Themselves

The college application essay allows your child to showcase their unique personality, experiences, and interests. Encourage your child to be themselves and write from the heart. Colleges want to get to know the real person behind the application, not a version they think the college wants to see.

Brainstorming is a critical part of the writing process. Ask your child to reflect on their life experiences, passions, and values. What sets them apart from others? What motivates and inspires them? These questions can help your child generate ideas for their essay.

Your Child Must Ask Questions

Before your child begins writing their essay, encourage them to ask questions about the college they are applying to. What makes the school unique? What are the values and mission of the institution? These questions will help your child tailor their supplemental essays to the specific college and demonstrate their interest in attending.

At Strategic Admissions Advice, we offer a course called How to Write an Awesome College Essay. The course is designed to guide students through the brainstorming, revising and proofreading processes. Students receive feedback on their essay from me personally via a Loom video.

Don't wait until the last minute to start working on the essay. Starting early allows your child to brainstorm, write, revise, and proofread their essay without feeling rushed or overwhelmed. Remember, the essay is an opportunity for your child to showcase their unique personality and experiences. With the right guidance and approach, your child can write an essay that stands out and increases their chances of getting accepted into their dream college.

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