SHS College App Essay Workshop for Juniors


Note:  Registration is non-refundable.

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The Solon Academic Boosters Club is excited to announce our 2nd year coordinating the SHS College App Essay Workshop for all current juniors.  Again this year, we are offering five workshops each led by SHS College Essay Specialists Susan Blashka and Holly Schmidt.

These workshops are designed to help your students get a jumpstart on their college essay before all the responsibilities of Senior year set in. Workshops will be held at Solon High School media center.  Spaces are limited, and each workshop will close as soon as its slots are filled.  The fee is $200/student ($5 fee for online registration).  Students may sign up for only ONE workshop.  Workshops are non-refundable.


Over the course of each 10-hour workshop (4 days, 2 1/2 hours each day), SHS essay advisors take the students through the entire essay-writing process. Students don’t need to start their essays beforehand; they just need to come prepared with an idea of who they are and what makes them unique. Even that’s a lot to ask for many students, so the advisors have brainstorming exercises designed to elicit those ideas.

Each session is a combination of teaching (how to write an essay outline, what makes a good lead, how to close your essay, etc.) and writing/revising time, so there won’t be much homework outside of the sessions. Team-teaching will allow the advisors to have one-on-one interaction with each student during the sessions, as well as provide feedback by email (or Google Docs) on the student’s essay draft before the last class. The students will spend the last session incorporating the advisors’ feedback and polishing the essay, giving them a jump start on the application process and eliminating some of the stress seniors typically experience in the fall. 

 In these workshops, they’ll guide students through:

  • Brainstorming a compelling, focused essay topic
  • Discovering their unique and natural writing voice
  • Crafting an attention-grabbing beginning, a cohesive middle, and an impactful ending
  • Explaining the bigger picture–what the essay says the student
  • Adding detail and description that brings their story to life
  • Polishing grammar and punctuation
  • Researching supplemental essay topics

Sign-ups before school from 7:10-7:45 and during all lunch periods across from the bookstore are now complete.  Online registration is still available with a $5 fee.

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