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THE IMPORTANCE OF COLLEGE ESSAYS DURING COVID: WHAT PARENTS NEED TO KNOW

WITH DR. ALEX CASTILLA

About the Webinar

The 2020-2021 college admission cycle was filled with unprecedented challenges, including: 

  • Isolated teens, fatigued as they dealt with virtual classes while they were cut off from their friends, sports, extracurricular activities and jobs.

  • The impact of test optional policies and last-minute SAT/ACT cancellations.

  • The difficulties of getting to know colleges and frustration in trying to make decisions without campus visits 

  • Applications going up exponentially resulting in acceptance rates plummeting, and the number of total applicants hitting a record high at most colleges (according to US News and World Report)  

The good news is that admissions officers still have one consistent criteria which (according to the National Association for College Admission Counseling) they are now relying on heavily – college essays. As the Wall Street Journal recently proclaimed, “SATs Are Out, Personal Stories Are In.”

 

You will learn:

  • Why the Personal Statement is more important than ever before

  • How to "hook" a reader from the first sentence

  • How to use the essay to build a "personal brand"

About the Speaker

Dr. Alex Castilla has worked in higher education for 15 years as a published writer, speaker, professor and renowned expert in college admissions. In his work with StudyPoint, he has guided students and helped them get into a broad range of universities, as well as led workshops on essays and college admissions around the world.