Before the pandemic, I spoke regularly at the Edgartown Library. This July will be my first time back at Edgartown Library — Wednesday July 27 at 5:30pm. The subject:
“College Essays & Applications: What’s New Since COVID?”
The pandemic has had a drastic effect on college admissions. When most colleges went SAT/ACT-optional, the floodgates opened and upended the status quo.
The upcoming 2022-23 admissions cycle is likely to be much like the last two: crazy high application numbers, crazy low acceptance rates, and enough disappointment to power a small country, whether you’re applying to Harvard, Northeastern, or UCLA.
If you’ve got questions, I’ll have answers. Please join me for a talk and Q/A about how to handle what’s changed since COVID:
— Should you submit SATs even if they’re optional?
— How many colleges should you apply to?
— How important are application essays?
— How to find “hidden gems” for your college lists?
I will also discuss how 9th, 10th, and 11th graders can prepare for applying to college.
For those on the Vineyard, being there is a great opportunity to meet with families who live year-round on the island — which I did in the 1990s — and work with summer families I wouldn’t otherwise have the chance to meet in person.
The pandemic has made almost all teaching and learning online, but long before COVID, most of my work with students was online, working with students as far away as Qatar, Hong Kong, and Kuala Lumpur — and as close as Boston, Washington DC, and Chagrin Falls, Ohio (really!). I can say with confidence that even through the screen, the students and I develop real relationships. There’s good conversation, laughter, serious work, and best of all, I help students become more confident, capable writers and achieve their college goals.
Whether you’re planning to be on Martha’s Vineyard this summer or not, if you’re facing applying to college and you want an experienced guide, shoot me an email or give me a call (EAST COAST TIME ZONE), and we can talk about how to move forward.
See my website testimonials for recommendations from students and parents.
Send me an email or pick up the phone (East Coast time zone): ElizabethBenedictOK@gmail.com 1-855-99-ESSAY