Essay Prep for Juniors uses insights derived from the six Common App essay questions to provide juniors with a framework for exploring transformational insight and self-actualization through writing.
The program begins with a discussion of how the first month’s theme (“Who Am I?”) relates to the first Common App essay prompt
Students write a ~100 word journal entry related to that theme (e.g., "who do I most want to be in four years?)
The next week, we have a 30-minute meeting to discuss these journal entries and expand on ideas which the students can then write about in their next journal entry
We repeat this weekly, switching essay prompts each month
Using active, empathetic listening, I provide guidance on how students can use college essay questions to spark their imaginations.
Fostering a Free Flow of Ideas
Early on, there is no formal writing instruction; the goal is to encourage sincere, candid written communication from the students, even if it is grammatically informal. I provide tips on tools such as voice-to-text that make it easier for them to keep journaling.
Building Positive Habits
Students write approximately 100 words every other week as a journaling exercise.
As students progress and gain confidence, I begin to offer writing instruction. By senior year, when they are ready to apply to college, I help them with their college application essays.
I meet with students weekly to discuss their written ideas and offer support and guidance.
I partner with existing mentoring organizations and provide ongoing training and support to their mentees in a pro-bono capacity. I am currently working with several partners to roll out the program. I would love to partner with your organization too!