College Application Essay Guidance, Writing

Bird by Bird

In Bird by Bird: Instructions on Writing and Life, author Anne Lamott recounts her late father's advice to her brother: Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report on birds written that he'd had three months to write. It was due the next day. We… Continue reading Bird by Bird

College Application Essay Guidance, Writing

Jenny’s Story, Part 3

 Part 1 and Part 2 of Jenny's Story, in case you missed them. Jenny had lots of funny ideas to write about—Teletubbies, quesadillas made-to-order in Math class, Ashton Kutcher, among them. But could any of these funny ideas be transformed into a story? A story worth sharing with college admissions officers? As a next step, I… Continue reading Jenny’s Story, Part 3

College Application Essay Guidance, Writing

Jenny’s Story, Part 2

Last week we met my client Jenny. You can read the first part of her story here. "Yes!" I said to Jenny. "You can write about funny!" She'd already told me a few stories that had me in hysterics. How she kept a Teletubby costume in her locker that she trotted out regularly. How she convinced her little… Continue reading Jenny’s Story, Part 2

College Application Essay Guidance

Find Your Spark!

High school juniors: Are you already dreading the thought of having to write college application essays? Do you worry that you won't have anything to write about? That you don't have a story? Stop worrying. You DO have a story worth telling. We all do. The key is discovering your spark—the part of you that makes you… Continue reading Find Your Spark!