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It’s January and your college-bound senior still hasn’t completed their college admission essays. “I’ve got nothing to write that will be different from anyone else!” he says.
Guess what? He’s half right! Unless he has pulled a thorn out of a lion’s paw or had the opportunity to slay Goliath, his life experience is probably not much different from other kids.
But he does have a unique voice! A “unique voice” is simply how your child’s personality is expressed through how he puts words together and looks at the world. It’s as distinctive as the way your child speaks to their friends or to you. Best of all, it can be revealed by an essay on something as every day as a trip to the mall.
The trick is to find that unique voice. That’s what I’ve been doing for years with high school seniors, my writing students at UCLA Extension, SMC Community Education and the Writers Store. Once you find it, your child will write the sort of attention grabbing essay that will wake-up a bleary eyed admission “reader.” And the reader will pass the essay on to the higher-ups stamped with a “highly recommend.” Best of all, your child will stop dreading the writing process. In fact, it will be kinda’ fun! Heart, humor and wisdom – it’s always there, waiting to be discovered.
In college, Jonathan was a "reader," reviewing hundreds of college application essays. This background gives him a nuts and bolts understanding of the "do's" and "don'ts" of the college admission essay. Jonathan is also a longtime newspaper and magazine writer, which gives him a nuts and bolts understanding of what is memorable on the page. He teaches writing through UCLA Extension, Santa Monica Community Education and the Writers Store.
Best of the best tutor! — Hello, With great pleasure I would like to write a review for Jonathan S., who was hired to help my daughter with her essays for her UC application. My daughter was struggling to come up with a topic for the essays. Jonathan was very creative in helping her come up with ideas and worked fast to help her with the themes for the essays. He is very enthusiastic about the work and that rubbed off on ...
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