Months from now, perched at a desk in some office or conference room, a weary college admissions counselor at the school of your dreams will reach to the top of a Himalayan stack of Common Application essays and pull down yours. Will it begin like this? “I have always been something of a risk-taker; and while my inclination to Go for it! has worked out, sometimes it has gotten me into trouble.” Or like this? “I lay motionless at the pool bottom, the wall inches from my reaching fingertips. I was drowning and didn’t even know it.” Which essay would you want to continue reading? The purpose of the Common App essay is to give members of the admissions committee at the schools to which you apply an opportunity to get to know you in a way that is not possible by examining your GPA, interpreting your list of achievements, or even perusing letters of recommendation written on your behalf. Admissions evaluators want to hear your voice – to hear you speak about something fundamental in your life – in order to get a sense of who you are. A well-written essay that is dynamic and engaging will separate you from the thousands of other applicants whose backgrounds and accomplishments and GPAs are eerily similar to yours and will get your application placed on the YES stack. This highly energetic, interactive workshop, taught by Instructor in English Jonas Holdeman, will help you get and keep the attention of your reader via a well-considered, well-crafted response to one of the five Common Application essay prompts. At the end of the course, students will have at least one completed college essay suitable for submission to college.