Common Application Essay Mentoring

Starting this May, Writing YOUR Way’s mission is to help high school juniors and seniors write the Common Application and supporting essays. Writing YOUR Way will help you transform your unfocused thoughts into a polished essay that will impress an admissions officer at the college of your dreams.

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Admissions officers with whom I have spoken refer to the essay as the heart and soul of the Common Application. The essay enables you to stand apart from the crowd. Most top schools get tens of thousands of qualified applicants every year. However, a well-crafted essay transforms you into a person. You become the dynamic young woman involved in Model UN or the enterprising young man who runs the after-school program. And when the admissions officers meet to choose the class of 2025, they go to bat for their favorite applicant, the one they got to know via the essay.

And this year, with many top schools forgoing standardized testing, the essay is more important than ever.

You are more than your ACT score and GPA. And you need to convey that fact to the admissions officer. Why struggle:

to find a topic to write about

to get over that writer’s block

to whittle that essay down to 650 words

Increase your chances of being “that” student, the one who gets noticed by a busy admissions officer with assistance from a proven professional.

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Still unsure?  Hit “like” on my Facebook page University Bound, University Bound.

Or join my Facebook group dedicated to writing the Common Application Essay:

Services Provided

Starting May, 2021, Writing YOUR Way will assist students in writing their common application and school specific essays, including the new essay on COVID-19. The services provided include:

1.     Helping you select a topic upon which to write

2.     Helping you craft a first and second draft

3.     Helping you edit your work so it shines like a fine diamond

4.     Helping you create your final polished product

5. New this year: University Counseling. I will guide you to the best school choices for you.

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One-on-one editing of a single essay:   $97.00

One-on-one editing of three essays: $290.00

Full package, one essay:  conception, development, facilitation and line editing of one application essay $290.00

Full package, three essays:  conception, development, facilitation and line editing of three application essays $867.00.

College Counseling Service: $297

Hourly rate for other projects: $97.00

Make an appointment with me now to lock in this pricing. And remember…

YOUR Words, YOUR Voice, YOUR Way

Wait, I Can’t Afford That!

Just a small investment of $97 can make all the difference. Lock in this price now before it goes up!

I Am Sure My Mom or Aunt Can Help Me Out

Of course they can! And I encourage you to seek your relative’s input. But sometimes you need an outsider to read your work with an objective eye. Someone who has read dozens of these essays, wrote a book on writing these essays (coming soon!) and spoke with admissions officers at top schools about what they hope to see in these essays.

I Can Find What I Need on Google

Yes, you can. And that will certainly help you get started. My services take you from first draft to final polish. So that what you submit is your best work.

But, I Am Not That Unique, I Will Just Write It And Be Done With It

Everyone is unique. I have worked with thousands of students and I have not found any duplicates yet! Why shortchange yourself? Get professional help and advice.

Still unsure. Book a 15 minute free consultation with me. What do you have to lose?

Do You Have a Sample Essay to Show Me?

Yes, I do. This is an essay I worked on with Jonah Landis, Walnut Hills High School class of 2021, who gave me permission to share it with you. I helped him from idea, structural edit to final polish.

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“How long can I hold my breath” I thought as I hurled myself into the arctic depths. In the boat nearby, a crewman held  onto a rope connecting my torso to a scratchy red net, the only tether to the world above the ocean. My adrenaline overrode my body’s complaints, and the water felt like cement. Initially, my body was numb. Eventually, my fingers and toes began to burn white hot. I neared  the end of what little air my lungs could hold while freezing. As I started to regain some muscle function, a tug on the rope started my ascent towards the surface. As my face broke the surface, I hungrily gulped some air and smiled. My rite of passage was complete, and I could enjoy the rest of my journey. Deep in the Antarctic waters off of Cierva Cove, I took “the plunge” and began my journey through the Antarctic peninsula as a bona fide explorer. 

This excursion, from Argentina to Antarctica, took me through new worlds and cultures that have left me a distinctly different person and encouraged an intense love of travel. Visiting the vast open air markets in Argentina and the small villages of Tierra del Fuego, only recently wired for electricity, transformed me. I was humbled through my discovery of how little I knew about the world and its people. One such example of what I learned is how much of an impact humans have made on the planet- even in remote places like Antarctica. 

I realized that through the scientific method, I can develop real life solutions to pressing environmental and climate problems. During my trip, I listened to lectures from both the on-board biologist and ornithologist about the impact that incrementally warming waters have on penguins, whales, seals, and fish. I learned that this phenomenon gave rise to a new biological choke, salp. This choke is when something happens to the fragile balance of a particular ecosystem causing a species numbers to “choke” or suffer.  These jelly-like creatures, salp,  contain less than half the nutrients as their normal prey, krill. The animals digest salp only because it is available, to their detriment. 

I was impressed by the scientists’ practical approach to addressing the problem. They researched, but also implemented real life solutions with a hands-on approach. I too try to combine the scientific method with practical applications. By using similar thinking styles and problem solving skills, I take old computer parts and refashion them into working machines for people to purchase. Similarly, I taught myself construction techniques to build projects around the house, like our new deck. It is satisfying to plan, experiment, test, and then enjoy the results of the process.  

Inspired by my Antarctic excursion, I devised a year long experiment for AP Research to determine whether all yellow mealworms can molecularly degrade thermalplastics like Styrofoam, one of the most prevalent and dangerous pollutants. Like these scientists, I wanted to adopt a hands-on approach to my project. I cultured gut bacteria in a non-carbon based medium and plated samples on petri dishes, where the plastics were the sole carbon source. Because the bacteria survived by metabolically decomposing the plastic as a carbon source, I showed that this decomposition ability was ubiquitous to all strains of yellow mealworms. 

While in university, I intend to pursue an education that will allow me to obtain the experience and training required to develop practical science-based solutions to all kinds of problems, including environmental and climate concerns. My aim is to help people and nature coexist more positively. I will return to Antarctica someday. When I do, I hope to see my research contribute to solutions to the environmental issues I noticed when I first visited. Instead of salp chains, the waters will teem with krill and the balance between nature and human progress will return.

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