By Kim Lifton
This blog about tips to master the Common App Essay was published on Aug. 1 on the Washington Post site, StudentAdvisor.com.
The new Common Application went live Aug. 1, and you might be worried about your personal statement. The good news? Everything you need to know about how to respond to the Common App essay is included in the instructions:
The essay demonstrates your ability to write clearly and concisely on a selected topic and helps you distinguish yourself in your own voice. What do you want the readers of your application to know about you apart from courses, grades, and test scores? Choose the option that best helps you answer that question and write an essay of no more than 650 words, using the prompt to inspire and structure your response. Remember: 650 words is your limit, not your goal. Use the full range if you need it, but don’t feel obligated to do so. (The application won’t accept a response shorter than 250 words.) Read more
In the competitive world of college admissions, other businesses have sprouted up – includingKim Lifton's Wow Writing Workshop, based in Royal Oak. After decades of reviewing her friends' kids' college applications around the dining room table, Lifton launched Wow in 2009.
"Our company teaches students how to prepare to write their college essay and the essay portion of the ACT," explains Lifton, who launched the business together with Susan Knoppow. "The essay portion of the application gives admissions representatives the opportunity to see who the student really is."
Hey there, high school students: Do you spend hours each night playing X-box and Wii? Are you first in line at the store the day a new video game is unveiled? Read more
Wow Writing workshop has updated our Facebook page to help make the college admissions experience a little bit easier for you.
Using the newest Facebook updates for fan pages, we’ve added several links to pages containing information on colleges; we uploaded a few specific sites for information about admissions.
We will continue to add universities and useful links to assist you with your college admissions journey. Please LIKE our page, follow Wow Writing Workshop on Twitter, and suggest your friends LIKE us too!
Do you have an example of great student writing? Please share it with us!
A just released survey of independent college consultants confirms the college essay is more important than you may know. This year the college essay moved up to the Independent Educational Consultant’s Association’s Top 10 list of what colleges are really looking for in applicants. Read more
I had a great talk the other day with Alissa, our summer intern and former Wow student. She reminded me why it is so important that parents allow children to find their own way to college. Read more
A friend recently asked me, “Isn’t there a fine line between editing your kid’s essay and writing it for her?” She wanted to know why it matters if she helps outline her daughter’s application essay if she thinks that might give her daughter an edge. Read more
Reprinted from the Lansing State Journal
April 16, 2010
EAST LANSING – For a university like Michigan State, small shifts in academic rankings don’t necessarily mean much. Until, of course, they do.
This year, MSU’s graduate program in nuclear physics nabbed the No. 1 spot in the U.S. News & World Report rankings, pulling ahead of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology after years in the No. 2 slot. Read more