College Preparation

College Preparation: Essay Writing

How do college admission officers evaluate applications? How should you select your essay topic, and which topics should you avoid? How do you craft an essay that is personal, authentic, and engaging? In this course, students will learn about selective admissions, develop an essay topic, and outline, write, and revise their Common Application essay alongside a former admission officer.

This course is designed for rising seniors looking to get a head start on their college application. By the end of the week, students will have a completed Common Application Essay and a number of topics prepared for their supplemental essays. They will also have a better understanding of holistic admissions at highly selective colleges and universities. Start your senior year prepared to put your best foot forward in the college application process.

The Instructor

This course will be taught by Meredith Reynolds, Associate Director of College Guidance at Roxbury Latin. Prior to arriving at Roxbury Latin in 2018, Meredith served in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at Tufts University for seven years. In this time, she evaluated applications from suburban Boston, much of New England and the Midwest, upstate New York, Turkey, and South Korea. She was also responsible for shaping the final incoming class as part of the admission office’s small management team. At Roxbury Latin, Meredith serves as the primary College Counselor for half of the senior class, guiding them through the process of shaping their college list and crafting their applications.

The Logistics

This is a morning-only program. If your child is registering for another class on campus and will therefore be with us through the lunch hour, lunch will be provided. 

For: Boys and Girls, rising 12th grade

Weeks Available: July 20th-July 24th 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

                      or     July 27th-July 31st 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Cost: $350

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