College Essay Writing Workshop
The Workshop is for College Essay Writings:
- College application requirements and process overview
- Workshop setting: students received feedback from both counselors, teachers, and peers; each student receives at least two rounds of one to one reviews
- Importance of college essay writing
- Writing skills, strategy and process in drafting, brainstorming, editing, completing
- Application and essay samples review and analysis
- Common Application Form: review the activity list and prioritize it
- How to best present YOU in the college application process
- *Seats are limited to 10 students
Click the link: College Application Workshop
College Admission Interviewing Training, College Application and Essay Workshop. The event is Invitation Only for registered students and those who went through the interview process.
- College Application Process and Overview
- College Admission Data and Statistics
- Pre-College Preparation: Juniors’ Package includes students’ profile, resume, activity list, answers to counselor’s questions
- Pre-College Preparation: parents’ roles and responsibilities, response to counselor’s questionnaire
- College Essay Writing Process, Essay Reviewing
- College Admission Interviewing Skills and Training (Mock Interviews)
- College Selection List: matching/reaching/backup schools
- College application timeline and work plan
- College Essay Process: brainstorming, reflection, long and short essays
- College Admission Results: Rejected, Wait Listed, Admitted. What do you do when you are on W.L.
- Overview of college application and process
- Academic Enrichment Selection & Options
- AP course selection, AP vs Grades
- Leadership, Character, Communication
- Importance of Standard tests (SAT/AP/ACT)
- Planning and timeline for application
- Summer Program and Internship Application
- Recommendations, special talents, outstanding accomplishment
“I have no clue what I was doing for my personal statement. After the workshop, I have learned so many strategies, outlines, and tips to help me. In fact, I felt like I have learned so much from the teachers and my peers. I have come to appreciate the process. Ms. Courtney has helped me see this as a journey and process: analyzing, brainstorming, and reflecting through high school and life. I can’t believe I completed 3 main common application essay topics, the application form, as well as a few short supplemental essays within 5 weeks. In addition, the counselors reviewed and talked to me frequently and provided individual advice and guidance. The session was extremely helpful, as teachers and the counselors identified the problems in my application immediately and it helped me quickly focus on the areas I need to improve.” – from a senior who attended the July Workshop
1. Juniors’ Profile Preparation Workshop for College Application in the Spring
- The one day workshop led by Sr. Counselor Ms. Laura. It includes:
- College Application Overview
- College Application Updates and New Changes in 2018-2019
- Juniors TO DO List:
- How to respond and complete school counselors’ request
- How to write parents’ section in responding the counselor’s questionnaire
- How long it will take and when it is due, why it is important
- How to obtain a strong recommendation letters from your teachers and counselors
- 1:1 Advice on Summer Enrichment, Profile Building, and Resume Completion
2. Essays – kicking off College Application Essays and Forms in the Summer
It is time consuming to write an essay, and an important essay like Common Application Essay. We provided writing workshop over the summer for seniors to start brainstorming, drafting, and writing. By September, students could have the main common application essay and short supplemental essays (draft) done before school starts. Our students have successfully completed the drafts, and would start editing them in September and October.
2. Activity list – building up a complete list for 8th – 12th grades (starting 9th Grade)
Activity list / form is where students share ADDITIONAL and IMPORTANT information on extra curriculum, leadership, community service, special accomplishments, talents, or unique stories – WHO YOU ARE! Students are advised to take full advantage of completely filling the information.
3. Admission Options: ED/EA/Rolling/RD
Read carefully on the binding and non-binding policies of each school you are applying for. Please seek advice from counselor if you are not sure about the policy. ED has great advantage of getting into the top schools you want to reach, but the early decision pool has a very strong pool of candidates. We could assist you in your decision. OaktonAcademy@gmail.com could help and confirm your decision and selection.
4. Academic Index: course selection, grades, standard tests, academic competition, achievement, special award/honor
The challenge of the courses you select, the grades you achieve, the academic events you participate, competitions you win, research you conduct and complete, the papers you write and publish, all of which add extra value in your application and admission process.
5. High School Internship Application, College Job Application and Career Development
6. College Admission Status (2014-2018). Some students received multiple admissions. Congratulations to the students and families!
- Sworthmore College (1)
- Stanford University (2)
- U of Chicago (4)
- Duke (4)
- NYU (5)
- Cornell (3)
- Columbia (1)
- CalTech (2)
- Harvard (2)
- Yale (2)
- UVA (15)
- Upenn (2)
- Brown (1)
- MIT (1)
- Penn State Pre Medical Program (1)
- Harvard Graduate School of Education (1)
- Harvard Graduate School of Law (1)
- Harvard Graduate School of Public Health and Policy (1)
- Johns Hopkins Graduate School of Public Health (1) \
- Stanford MBA (1)
- Many average students received scholarship from great schools: such as University of Maryland College Park, Virginia Tech, William & Mary. They all commented that the college essay workshop helped and supported them in the application process.
The above data is updated as of January 15, 2018. We expect additional news for the regular admission for 2018. Congratulations to our seniors and parents!
7. College Application Workshop and Programs, please click the link for:
Senior Counselor Ms. L. H.
Counselor L is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the New York University School of Law. She worked as an Associate Director of the Office of Career Services at Georgetown University Law Center. In addition to her six years at Georgetown, she has also worked as an attorney at a law firm in Philadelphia. Counselor L conducted alumni admissions interviews for the University of Pennsylvania, and has served as co-chair of the school’s Secondary School Committee in Montgomery County, MD.
Counselor L has been helping high school students navigate the college admissions process for more than 10 years. In the recent 5 years, her students were admitted to top schools, including: Cornell, Yale, Univ. of Pennsylvania, Duke, Georgetown, Tufts, UCLA, UVA, Wesleyan, Bowdoin, Vassar, Wellesley, and other great schools. She has conducted college application and essay writing seminars at Oakton Academy in 2016 and 2017.
Essay Writing Teacher Ms. I. G.
Ms. I. G. graduated with greatest honor of summa cum laude from the English and Political Science Department. Ms. I. G. taught “Creative Writing” and “English Composition” courses at the English Department of George Mason University.
Ms. I. G. published many poems and writings. Some of her accomplishments include: winner of Academy of American University & College Poetry Prize in 2008, awarded and judged by the poet Srikanth Reedy, who was a graduate from the Harvard English Literature department.
Ms. I. G. has a JD as well as a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing. She worked as an attorney for Farris, Riley & Pitt Law Firm. She was also the recipient of an International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma, as well as a National Merit Semifinalist Award.
She has been teaching college and high school writing, which has included helping students with college applications and essays. Most recently, she helped one of her students successfully transfer from a local college to a top engineering school: Purdue University. She also helped another student with average GPA applying for UVA and being accepted to UVA. The student and his parents are very grateful that Ms. I. G. helped their son with the challenging and complicated process. Ms. I’s individual attention, her talent in writing, her caring to each student, and especially her knowledge, skills, and strategy in helping students brainstorming, drafting, writing, and editing the essays, has gained her reputation and recognition from our parents and students.
Ms. C. H. brings her excellent English language and literature background, and her years of experience in working with high school students on college essays. She majored in English Creative Writing, and has had extensive experience working with advanced and gifted high school students in their college application process. Students commented that: Ms. C’s essay workshop has engaged each student, and made each student want to write…. what a major accomplishment! All 8-10 students who attended the summer essay workshop loved her class – lectures, activities, engagement, writings, discussions, reviewing, and most of all, the vibrancy of bringing writing to the classroom.
Ms. C. H. has been mentoring, tutoring, and teaching to all age level of students. Her master’s major is on Curriculum and Instruction. Most recently, she has been coaching, reviewing, and editing high school students’ college application essays for Colleges’ Early Identification Program.
Senior Counselor Ms. N. G.