The College Options essay process is designed to bring out our students’ best voices while equipping them with writing skills for success in college.
Our process begins with brainstorming exercises that help to identify themes and values important to the student as well as to uncover his/her narrative voice.
As we work, we consider all other aspects of the application. What can the student divulge that is not found in recommendations, activities, or the transcript? We look carefully at supplement essay topics (if any) to ensure that the student’s ideas for those do not overlap with the main essay. In short, we help students develop their essays in this full context. This strategic management is often missing from independent essay services and is part of what distinguishes the College Options essay process.
Throughout the process, we guide students in developing their own voice and sense of self. A strong, unique voice is one of the most important elements of a successful college essay. Some students take a bit longer to ease into the college essay’s less formal style. Many are very familiar with academic writing, but need to be encouraged to embrace using the first-person voice and on occasion, even break some rules.
We believe that the College Options essay process is a learning experience for students, as it pushes them to think deeply and express their ideas thoughtfully as they apply new skills. We have seen students grow as they acquire:
Confidence in their ability to work hard and persevere through an often challenging process.
Pride in an essay that fully represents who they are.Self-understanding from a process heavy on self-analysis.
Critical thinking skills.
Writing skills from individualized instruction to address the student’s strengths and weaknesses.
Metacognitive development: Better understanding of themselves as writers, of their writing process, and of how to apply that knowledge to future writing endeavors in college and beyond.
We have designed our essay process to help students reach their full potential. We thoroughly enjoy the work we do with our clients, and appreciate the relationships we build with both students and families. We are always thrilled to see students work hard and enjoy seeing their pride in a job well-done!
“Our son is very passionate about his interests. Katelyn helped him develop his voice and create an essay that compellingly communicated that passion. In fact, his essay was so true to his voice that he recycled parts of it for a summer internship application, and I'm convinced that helped him land the position! “
“The essay writing assistance reduced the stress for our son and for us, not only by providing a framework and schedule, but also techniques that helped him brainstorm topic ideas and break through writing blocks.”