Adam Rosen, a former Wow Writing Workshop student who just completed his freshman year at the University of Michigan, was pleasantly surprised when an admissions counselor told him during orientation that he remembered one of his essays.
Rosen, now 19, wrote about his father’s cancer; it wasn’t until he told a friend about it that he realized he wasn’t the only kid with an ill parent. His friend’s mother had had cancer, too.Rosen shared his experience with reporter Georgea Kovanis of the Detroit Free Press in a story highlighting the increasing importance of the college admissions essay. The article, published Sunday, June 17, also included interviews with Wow’s Kim Lifton, and Danny Cohen, a Wow student who just graduated from Groves High School and is headed to the University of Michigan this fall.
“The essay keeps moving up in importance,” Lifton said. “People are realizing the essay is the place where you can stand out.” The Free Press published Cohen’s complete essay about his night out in Madrid.
In the story, Michigan State University’s Dean of Admissions Jim Cotter said MSU is more selective today than it would have been a decade ago and that the essay is far more important today than three or four years ago. Cranbrook Schools’ Associate Dean of Counseling Bill Hancock, president of the Michigan Association for College Admissions Counseling, echoed a key Wow message: the essay is the only opportunity on an application for the student to speak in his or her own voice in the first person.
Need help standing out? It’s not too late to register for Wow’s first summer Wow Them With Your College Essay workshop this week. Join us on Wednesday, June 20, from 10 till noon at Seaholm High School.
Check Wow’s website to see our summer line-up. Additional courses will be posted soon; stay tuned for news about our upcoming 24-7 college essay workshop that will allow students to write their essays when they want, on their own schedules.