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How to Start Writing Your College Application Essay / Personal Statement

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Get a head start on the college application writing process by learning about what makes a stellar personal statement! Students will begin a guided brainstorming process and leave the class with notes from which to build their essays.

Class Experience

US Grade 11 - 12
  • - Understand the purpose of a personal statement
  • - Become familiar with the qualities of a stand-out statement
  • - Learn how to identify your unique strengths
  • - Learn how to select which strengths to highlight
  • - Learn how to communicate your strengths through descriptions and stories
  • - Learn how to brainstorm ideas effectively
I have a Ph.D. in English and have been a professor of communication and education for two decades, during which time I have directed writing and speaking programs at some of the most prestigious colleges in the US. I have published two international award-winning academic books on writing education and have been recognized with several university-wide and national teaching and leadership awards. Most importantly, I LOVE to teach. I bring to this class extensive knowledge of college life, robust experience teaching writing, and a love of helping young people build confidence to embark on the next stage of their educational journeys.
Students should come prepared with some kind of material with which to write, such as a paper and pen/pencil or a blank word doc or google doc.
Joined June, 2024
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Teacher expertise and credentials
Doctoral Degree in English from The George Washington University
Hello! My name is Laura and I am passionate about helping students of all backgrounds find and use their voices with confidence.


I teach middle school and high school classes related to language, communication, and society,... 
Group Class


per class
Meets once
55 min

Live video meetings
Ages: 16-18
2-6 learners per class

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