Wow made the national news for our panel discussion (standing-room only!) at the National Association for College Admissions Counseling’s (NACAC15) annual meeting last week in San Diego: What Admission Wants in an Essay: How to Instruct Your Students? We brought together top admissions officers from Cornell, UC-Berkeley, and two of the nation’s leading high school counselors, for this interactive presentation that confirmed our consistent message: Gimmicks are useless and do not help students write essays that stand out, buzz words (passion, leadership, initiative) confuse students, and reading sample essays by admitted students will not help applicants write insightful personal statements that catch the attention of the admissions office. Check out this Forbes article on our session! What’s more, our experts offered useful tips and resources to help high school counselors and independent educational consultants translate the message from inside the admissions office into meaningful instructions for students.
By Kim Lifton
Wow Writing Workshop
The National College Fairs, which take place throughout the U.S. in the spring and fall, are great venues to start your college research and find out exactly what you need to know to find the right college for you!
Check the schedule to find a fair closest to you. If you live in Michigan, come hear Wow speak, and find out how to sign up for free information to help you write your way into college.
As one of the leading national experts on the college application essay, we speak throughout the U.S. at schools and conferences, and we also train professionals who work with students on their college essays.
We are pleased to be returning to the Metro Detroit (March 30 and 31) and West Michigan (April 1) National College Fairs to talk about why you need to write an essay, what admissions officers want to know about you, and to how you can best reflect on life experiences that matter so you can stand out in the crowded field of applicants!
Will the college essay help you? Can it hurt you?
Come to a session to find out. If you live outside of Michigan, or cannot make it to one of our presentations, you can find everything you need to know about writing a college essay that stands out by signing up for Wow’s FREE tips, webinars and video interviews.
Here are the dates and times Wow will be speaking:
- Monday, March 30, 7:30 p.m., Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi
- Tuesday, March 31, 11 a.m., Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi
- Wednesday, April 1, 8:45 a.m., DeVos Place, Grand Rapids
- Wednesday, April 1, 5:45 p.m., DeVos Place, Grand Rapids
Sign up for Wow FREE, and stay in the loop! You’ll find out what University of Michigan Assistant Director of Admissions Kim Bryant wants to read in a college essay, plus get video tips from many other top admissions experts.