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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1 - How many essays will I complete in the Essay Boot Camp?

  • All students work to complete 4 essays on 4 different topics, ensuring they have a variety to choose from depending on the essay prompt for each college.
  • Several students leave with more than one version of each essay, but most complete 4 essays.

2 - How many essays are required for college admissions?

Most students need 2-4 essays.

Common Application/ Private Colleges:

  • Personal Statement required at a maximum of 650 words.
  • Supplemental essay(s) come with each college.

 

University of California Application:

  • UCs require 4 essays at a maximum of 350 words each.
  • No letters of recommendation are allowed for UCs, making the essays key to getting admitted.

3 – WHO can attend?

  • All college bound students are welcome! Any state, every high school: All are welcome!!
  • All Camps are especially recommended for high school seniors and juniors who are applying to colleges that require essays as part of their application.

4 - What’s the difference between 4-Day and 5-Day?

In both classes you leave with a core set of 4 essays. Other than completion of the full application (including the resume/co-curricular section), the biggest difference is turning those 4 essays into  8 essays that you can then tweaked and re-purpose for 16 or more versions of the same or similar essays. Between core essays, personal statements, supplemental essays, and scholarship essays, we teach students how to leverage four core stories, instead of reinventing the wheel for 20+ essays.

5 - Do I need the 5-Day Application Camp?

If you are applying to any UC campus, this short answer is, Yes. WHY?

  • UC application does NOT allow any letters of recommendation. Students must become their best advocate in this application. Getting the advice of expert adults that have read thousands of applications is the best thing any UC applicant can do to improve her/his chances of getting admitted. 

If you are using the Common Application, the short answer is, Yes. Why?

  • Most schools in the Common Application ask for supplemental essays. I like to call them the, “Why US,” “Why YOU,” “Why This Major,” and “Personality Corks.”  We teach students how to take their 4-core essays to tweak, shorten, or lengthen and leverage all of these essays without writing completely new ones. YES. I know, this process is crazy. #wegotyou

If you want your teen to apply to scholarships (and who doesn’t), the short answer is, Definitely Yes! Why?

  • How do I say this without repeating myself? With the four core essays, “Who Am I,” “What Am I Good At,” “What’s Super Cool About Me,” and the “Future Connection/Academic” essays, teens can answer just about any essay prompt. If you’re going to spend the time crafting great essays, why not turn them into gold. I mean, literally, gold! Cash! #letsdothis 

6 – How does Virtual class work for the LIVE Camps?

  • We will use ZOOM for our LIVE Virtual Classroom.
  • This allows students from across California and the country to join us and experience the classroom environment. Log in when class begins, participate LIVE, and do all the activities right along with all students.
  • Google Documents allows our writing coaches to see how our students are progressing in real time.
  • ALL students have access to all the amenities as if you were in class with us; personal writing coach for the week, personalized feedback at every draft, goal setting, daily accountability, and completion of 4-8 essays.

7 – What can my daughter/son expect? Here is the “Camper” Agreement:

  1. I agree to follow the Step-by-Step essay curriculum that has been teen-proofed and battle tested for over a decade.
  2. On Day 1, I will set and declare my goals of how many essays I will complete.
  3. I will ask questions when I get stuck.
  4. I am committed to writing during class hours to avoid having homework.
  5. I will utilize the daily personalized feedback to draft, edit, and redraft my essays until they are given final approval!
  6. I have my happy dance playlist ready to go for the end of my essay camp!
  7. I will have fun, celebrate all the victories along the way, and eat ice cream.

8 – How is this camp different from other essay camps?

When it comes to writing your college essays, you have two choices. You can decide to take 4 months to agonize over the essays, OR – you can get it done in 4 steps with a coach.

For over 15 years, this camp runs on these 4 Agreements: 

  • FOCUSED WRITING TIME: Something you don’t have in Fall of senior year.
  • NO HOMEWORK: All writing is done in class time. 8-10 hours of writing. Period.
  • STEP-BY-STEP: Clear and Guided Writing Instructions.
  • PERSONALIZED FEEDBACK: A personal writing coach for the most important essay you’ve written to date!

See what former campers and parents have to say:

Without question, the essays are the most stressful part of the college application process. Cynthia guides your child into a topic that captures their unique personality in answering the college prompt question. I am comforted to have Cynthia Colón’s wealth of experience from her years of employment in the admissions department of prominent universities and private exclusive high schools helping my twin daughters. Cynthia brings her joy of teaching and her passion for the writing to make the college application process a little more pleasant for both parent and teenager.



-Janice Larson, Parent of twins class of 2018
Dr. Cynthia Colón provided a meaningful and memorable experience for my students. She did a phenomenal job connecting with them and giving them practical advice. The students, themselves, believed that the essay workshop truly motivated them and found the guided instruction to be easy to follow, manageable, and powerful. Students walked away feeling reinvigorated and significantly more confident about writing a meaningful and moving personal statement.



-Alberto Chavarria, Director of Guidance and College Counseling, Ramona Convent Secondary School
I am grateful to have been able to learn many of the tips I needed to apply to college through the summer essay workshop. I learned the value of rewriting and editing multiple times to make my message as concise as possible. Thank you for making me a stronger writer and an even better storyteller.



-Andres A. ‘15, UCLA ‘19
Dr. Colon was not only a tremendously helpful and intelligent guide during my essay-writing process, but she was also a great mentor during this very stressful college admission process. Your help was extremely valuable! Thank you!



- Justin V., Class of 2019
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“To seniors that haven’t taken this class, I encourage you to do so. The writing coaches really taught me how to put my thoughts and memories onto paper, as well as expand a small idea. It was a good experience that I think every student should have.”

Alex

“I feel great and so thankful that my mom forced me to do this. As a senior, I feel a sense of relief because of the weight lifted off of my shoulder.  Before this class, I used to think that writing was something I could never improve. Thankfully, with a push from Dr. C, Stephanie, and Vanna, I was able to strengthen my capabilities as a writer.”  

Juliane

“I am glad that I took this essay camp.   The class left me with essays that I feel proud of you and am excited to show colleges.  Dr. Colon’s input and writing method was instrumental in helping me to write essays that would grab the reader’s attention and leave an impression.  Her class gave me one less thing to stress about.”

 

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