Tuesday, September 24, 2013

College Essay Coaching

When high school students set their sights on attending college, they're likely looking forward to meeting new friends, living in a dorm, and taking courses that lead to a successful career.

But they may not be excited about a necessary step to that anticipated life: writing the college essay that will help them gain admission to their top choice school. That project may be weighted with stress, parents' expectations, and an assumption that the student -- lacking a strong background in writing -- may not be up to the challenge.

That's where I come in. As an essay coach, I'll partner with students to explore a topic that complies with the prompts of the Common Application or of their targeted colleges and universities. 

We'll initially meet in a one-to-one session, and depending upon students' schedules, will manage subsequent drafts via e-mail attachments of Word documents, or additional face-to-face meetings.

Our goal will be for the student to write and submit a flawless essay in his or her own voice that will stand out from the crowd. The piece will succeed if it impresses admission decision-makers and persuade them of a student's uniqueness, accomplishments, and strengths.

And, the process will be conducted in an enthusiastic, supportive, and encouraging atmosphere, which will boost students' self-esteem and add skills that will remain throughout their college years.

All one-on-one sessions will be held in a Wi-Fi-equipped setting in the River North area, or at a local library.

For more information about hourly fees, available dates, or other questions, please call 773-320-5681, or send an email to elainesoloway@gmail.com References are available on request.

About Me

I'm president of Elaine Soloway Public Relations and author of the memoir, "The Division Street Princess" (Syren Book Company, 2006), which was named a 2006 Chicago Tribune Book of the Year, and the e-novel, "She's Not The Type" (Publish Green, 2011). I write several blogs, including "The Rookie Widow," "The Rookie Caregiver," and "Never Too Old to Talk Tech," which are then linked on Social Media sites, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.