Jun 5 - 2019

67: Ready, Set, Go Get Into College

About the Episode

Today on our show we’re talking about perseverance, a quality important if you want to be a writer, a runner, or someone successful at crafting the dreaded college essay. What makes your essay stand out to publishers and to college admissions directors is the situation and the story. They want to see the loss or the win, because that’s what allows others to connect with your story. They also want to know what you learned from the experience and how that experience informed your character.

Allison Langer has been working with high school students all over the country on their college admissions essays. This is the second episode in a two-part series where we bring you common app essays.

Ransom Everglades High School graduate Wesley Cusack wrote the following essay about the challenges he faced in track and cross country and what he learned from not quitting.

If you or your high schooler needs help getting started or editing along the way, Allison Langer can help. Click here for more information.

Common app essay prompts:

1. Background

2. Obstacle or challenge that you faced.

3. When you changed your belief.

4. A problem you’d like to solve.

5. Accomplishment that sparked personal growth.

6. A topic (obsession) that you find so engaging that it makes you lose track of time.

7. Any topic (YAY!)

Writing Class Radio is a podcast where you’ll hear true personal stories and learn a little about how to write your own stories. Writing Class Radio is equal parts heart and art. By heart we mean the truth in a story. By art we mean the craft of writing. No matter what’s going on in our lives, writing class is where we tell the truth. It’s where we work out our shit, and figure out who we are.

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