The Common Application Essay
For students who feel they will produce their best work on a 1-to-1 basis, we can work on the Common App essay from brainstorming to final draft. Typically, the entire process takes about 3 meetings, each lasting 1.5 hours.
Capped at 5 students. The Workshop is a 2 hour session where students receive instruction on the various possible prompts. We address how to best approach each prompt and do a few ice breaker exercises to get everyone writing. During the second half of the workshop, the group writes while Josie works independently with each student. The goal of the workshop is to leave with a complete outline and a paragraph for the essay. Best for students who are looking for expert guidance to begin the process but feel comfortable completing the essay independently. Contact Josie for the 2018 workshop schedule.
Writing Supplements, Transfer and Graduate School Essays
1-on-1 Work. Some universities require a writing supplement in addition to the Common App essay. This 150-650 word essay probes a bit more into the student’s personal and political worldview. Also, it is a great opportunity to reveal how much the student knows about the institution in particular. The student should not repeat any part of their Common App essay.
1-on-1 Work. When transferring from one university to another, it is important to detail why the student wishes to leave their current school and why they believe the new university will be a better fit. This essay should explain the student's thought process for changing schools without bashing the current institution.
Graduate School Essay
1-on-1 Work. Whether it is an essay for medical school, law school or another graduate program, it is imperative to highlight not only the student’s best qualifications thus far, but also what they can achieve and how they will transition from a student of the field into a peer and colleague. Unlike the other essays, it is the student’s future professors, experts in their field, reading and evaluating these applications. They want to learn about the student's accomplishments but also what they will bring to their program and how their specific program initiatives are of interest to the applicant.