College Essay Workshops

College Essay Workshops
Posted on 06/19/2017
College Essay Workshops

Hey Seniors…

Be productive this summer and get a jump on college applications…..

Schedule some time to meet with an English teacher to receive feedback on your college application essay. Students from either school can schedule any available appointment.


Guidance Office at Indian Hills & Guidance Office at Ramapo



  • July 25, 26, 27 from 9:00am-12:00pm
  • August 1, 2, 3 from 9:00am-12:00pm
  • August 29, 30, 31 from 9:00am- 3:00pm

Indian Hills      

  • July 25, 26, 27 from 12:00pm-3:00pm
  • August 8, 9, 10 from 9:00am-12:00pm
  • August 29, 30, 31 from 9:00-3:00pm

How to make an appointment:     

  • Contact the Guidance Office at either school to schedule your appointment – This is mandatory!
  • Indian Hills Guidance Office (201) 337-0100
  • Ramapo Guidance Office (201) 891-1500
  • Conference duration is 20 minutes

What you must do to prepare:

  • Review the new Common Application essay topics for 2017-2018 (see next page)
  • Prepare at least one clean draft on which you’d like to receive feedback
  • Come to your appointment ready to discuss your work

Common Application Essay Topics:

1. 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.