Use Coronavirus Isolation Time to Practice Your Essay Writing Skills

We know it’s a tough time of year to be stuck indoors, but think of this as an opportunity. By practicing your essay skills now, you may get into the school you’ve been dreaming about. Here are a few skills to practice that might just give you the edge that you need when it is time to fill out college applications.

  • Write about things that are important to you – You won’t know what they are going to ask about on the application until you have it in front of you, so just practice writing about things that you care about. It can be anything ranging from a person you love to a lifechanging experience.
  • Don’t just say what happened – Explain how it affects you personally. A college essay isn’t about recounting details. It is about explaining how those details have shaped your life.
  • Use a little humor – Don’t add humor just for the sake of humor. It must be genuinely funny, have broad appeal (you don’t know who the admissions officer will be), and be appropriate to the topic.
  • Don’t repeat yourself – You can expect the application to ask you about your accomplishments. You don’t want your essay to read like a summary of your answers to the application questions.

Put Your Free Time to Good Use

Everyone is struggling with the current situation, but if you put any extra free time that you now have to good use, you may find that you still accomplished something important. College Planning Source is here to provide college admission and financial planning tips, so don’t forget to check the blog every week. You can also contact us at 858.676.0700, or by submitting our online form.

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To ensure the safety of parents, students, and staff, and to echo the concerns of the state regarding COVID-19, we will be taking our student counseling meetings and our student workshops online. 
Beginning today, Monday, March 16th, 2020, we will be conducting meetings via Zoom (a video conferencing software) until further notice.
For upcoming scheduled meetings, our counselors will be contacting you directly regarding the Zoom meetings.
Our staff will continue to work tirelessly to prepare for the upcoming applications season during this time. If you are currently on break, get  get a head start now and take advantage of this time to start college planning. For any questions or concerns, please contact us at 858-676-0700.



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