2020 College Essay Workshop

2020 College Essay Workshop
Posted on 07/28/2020
2020 College Essay Workshop

Hey Seniors…

Be productive this summer and get a jump on college applications…. Schedule some time to Zoom with an English teacher to receive feedback on your college application essay. Students from either school can schedule any available appointment.

Where:  Online via Zoom


  • August 11, 12, 13 (9-2pm)
  • August 17, 18, 19 (9-2pm)
  • August 25, 26, 27 (9-2pm)

Schedule your appointment using the Google calendar

1. Click on the following link: Link to College Essay Workshop Calendar

  • This link will bring you to the College Essay Workshop appointment calendar where you choose the appointment slot to fit your schedule. All available appointments are on the calendar for the dates noted above. (Click on the arrow in the upper left corner to choose the week.)
  • Schedule your appointment time at least 24 hours in advance of the appointment. (Note that appointment times may fill up quickly, so you should schedule your appointment as early as possible.)
  • Conference duration is 20 minutes.
  • You will receive a Zoom link in your school email the morning of the appointment.
  • Be sure to have your googledoc essay ready to share with the instructor.

If you have to cancel an appointment, you must cancel on your personal Google Calendar. You cannot cancel on the College Essay Workshop appointment calendar!

What you must do to prepare:

  • Review the Common Application Essay Topics (below)
  • Prepare at least one clean draft on which you’d like to receive feedback and be ready to share it via Google Docs with the teacher during the appointment

Common Application Essay Topics:

  1. Students will have the option to include, in a separate section, impacts of the COVID-19 crisis.  Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
  2. The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
  3. Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?
  4. Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma - anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.
  5. Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others. 
  6. Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more? 
  7. Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you've already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design.