Kid got writers block?
Here’s the thing… the entire college application is filled with
-Grades, GPA, Test scores (stats)
-Lists of activities, community service, employment, maybe some leadership roles.
What’s missing is WHO you are and what’s important to you.
There is no such thing as “a topic” they haven’t heard before. None. They’ve heard it all. I promise!
What you are looking for is what is missing from your application that says more than what is there.
YOU/(your teen)-are more than a GPA/test scores/list of activities.
Who are you?
What are your character traits and WHAT stories show that?
What are your values and WHAT shows that?
Have you ever noticed an object or a scent repeatedly reminds you of someone important in your life?-why is that person important-but remember the essay is not about the other person it’s about the student. How they think, or what THING may have occurred that changed his perspective/thoughts...
I hear it often. Parents and teens believe they have to have something extraordinary to gain college acceptance or to win private scholarships.
We live in a small town.”
”Nothing significant has ever happened for a “story” that is good or bad.”
” I have read my teen’s essays and they seem good but nothing like the students that have life changing events.”
They don’t have anything special. They didn’t start a non profit foundation. They’re average. Couldn’t be farther from the truth. (Most of the time)
"My kid's essays don't stand out! What can I do?"
First, chill. Not everyone is going to have some earth-shattering global impact project or has survived a deadly disease. Yet a large percentage of teens get accepted to colleges and win scholarships every year .
Colleges and scholarship committees aren’t looking for spectacular. They’re looking for the “real you.” (Your teen).