Supporting Kids through the College Essay-writing Process

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Tips for Helping Your Student to Use his/her Voice to Speak Effectively to College Admissions Offices

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Supporting kids through the essay-writing process: We are not shy about our love for college essays. In our opinion, they’re the best part of the application process. But we also want to encourage parents to trust that their kids are the best people to tell their own stories. Personal statements and supplemental essays offer an opportunity for kids to step back and reflect on who they are, how they got here, and where they want to go next. They're also the only place on an application where kids can speak directly to admissions offices. There are thoughtful and strategic ways for them to do that, but the best essays we’ve read are the ones that could never have been written (or dictated) by parents. In this session, we'll address how parents can play a supportive--and supporting--role in the process without overstepping their kids' boundaries or best interests.

About our Expert Speakers: Adrienne Wichard-Edds is a writer and editor specializing in education and parenting. Her byline regularly appears in national and local publications, including The Washington Post and Arlington Magazine. Ami Foster is an award-winning creative writer who has more than two decades of experience working with college-bound kids.

Both Ami and Adrienne have been teaching and mentoring teens since the '90s and have seen firsthand how admissions in higher education have evolved. As moms whose kids have attended three of Arlington's public high schools, they know the college search and application process can feel overwhelming. With that in mind, they've developed individual coaching methods and writing workshops designed to help kids and parents work together, with the ultimate goal of empowering students to find their voice and take control of their journey to college. Learn more at www.theessaycoaches.com.

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