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College Essay Basic Training: What High School Seniors Need to Know

4:00 PM – 5:30 PM


NOTE: College Essay Basic Training will be conducted via Zoom and will use Google Classroom tools. Attendees will need access to Google Classroom with a non-school Gmail account to make full use of these tools.

Each year, millions of high-school seniors compose a 650-word essay for the Common Application. Before clicking "Submit," too many of them sit idle by their computer screen, waiting hours for the perfect idea to strike them as they struggle to shake off those all-too-common anxieties:

                       What am I supposed to write about...? 

                       How do I write an essay about myself...? 

                       What if there's nothing special about me...?

This FREE, 2-session online seminar will walk high-school seniors through the DOs and DON'Ts of the common application essay, using a variety of strategies to help students think first about what they want colleges to know about them, and second about how to show that through effective, candid narration. Through studying a variety of models, students will learn a set of techniques and approaches to make their story honest, revealing, and memorable; a variety of writing exercises and live commentary from trained, qualified library staff will give them tools necessary to end the course with the beginnings of a working draft (or more!).

Please direct all questions to course instructor Chris Jacobs at

Suitable for:
Teens (Ages 13-18)
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