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College Essay Workshops + How to Finish Your UC App in 7 Days


Are you feeling overwhelmed by college essays? 


I offer helpful College Essay Workshops every Sunday at the Lafayette Library to help you personalize your writing; by signing up now you'll receive a 10% discount (the discount code is cew4u).  See below for more information.


If you like to work independently, follow these seven, easy-to-follow daily instructions which include a 10-minute task and a 20-minute writing block. 



Day 1: review the eight UC prompts on this UC essay guide and choose four. 


Suggestion: start with a short "hook" (about 50 words), then add background (about 150 words), and end with reflection (about150 words). 


Write for 20 min. 


Day 2: create your account here.


Use a professional-looking email and a simple password. 


Write for 20 min. 




Day 3: check out campuses and majors here.


There are many new, non-traditional majors - take a hard look, and then decide on your top choices. 


Apply to several campuses to increase your odds. 


Write for 20 min. 


Day 4: list your academic history carefully, and calculate your UC GPA here.


Only send official transcripts to the school you will attend.  Read more.


Write for 20 min.




Day 5: list your test scores.


Remember, December is the last SAT test date that the UC's accept. 


See which campuses recommend submitting SAT Subject Tests here.


After you've been accepted, send official scores to only one campus - all campuses you apply to will receive them. 


Write for 20 min. 



Day 6:categorize (see below) and describe your activities.


For examples, see here


Write for 20 min. 

Competitive UCs like Berkeley and UCLA look at both unweighted and fully weighted GPA Read more at: https://askmssun.com/academic-preparation-high-school/

Competitive UCs like Berkeley and UCLA look at both unweighted and fully weighted GPA Read more at: https://askmssun.com/academic-preparation-high-school/

Competitive UCs like Berkeley and UCLA look at both unweighted and fully weighted GPA Read more at: https://askmssun.com/academic-preparation-high-school/

Competitive UCs like Berkeley and UCLA look at both unweighted and fully weighted GPA Read more at: https://askmssun.com/academic-preparation-high-school/

Competitive UCs like Berkeley and UCLA look at both unweighted and fully weighted GPA. Read more at: https://askmssun.com/academic-preparation-high-school/

  • Awards or honors

  • Educational prep programs

  • Extracurricular activities

  • Other coursework

  • Volunteering/community service

  • Work experience


Day 7: finalize your essay.


Revise and edit for 30 min. 


You're done!  Yaa!



College Essay Workshops @ the Lafayette Library, Sundays, 1pm-3pm


Enroll in our CollegeEssay Workshops which meet on Sundays from 1pm-3pm at the Lafayette Library.  More information here.


You'll receive professional instruction, targeted assignments, and personalized feedback in a supportive, small-group environment (limited to six). 


Walk out with a distinctive, personalized essay.  Register here


By signing up now you'll receive a 10% discount (the discount code is cew4u). 


Dates:

Oct 6 & 13 Oct 20 & 27 Nov 3 & 10 Nov 17 & 24 (UC App is due Nov 30) Dec 1 & 8 (we focus on the Common App Essay) Contact me at (650) 766-0969 or at contact@lpeducationadvising.com for more information or for a no-obligation consultation. 


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Best regards,


Liz

Raised in Lafayette, Liz La Porte is an experienced college advisor and high school English teacher, who founded her education practice in 2013 to help students navigate the college admission process. Her students have been accepted to Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, UCB, Duke, and more. Visit her website at www.lpeducationadvising.com Copyright © 2019 Liz La Porte All Rights Reserved

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