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This workshop is for students applying to college in 2023 or 2024.

Join our workshop to gain valuable insights into optimising your US college application, with a specific focus on “Why This College/School” essay development. Our college admissions expert, Tyler, will guide participants through the process, sharing tips that have proven successful for our students. As the personal statement draws upon the student’s life, the “Why Essay” draws upon the school’s resources and community with a focus on how the student connects with them. From which school details to cover to how to insert them into essays to show students’ goals and passions, we’ll cover all aspects of crafting a standout “Why Essay.”

During the workshop, participants will engage in interactive activities where we will review and critique previous examples that have worked. We will also break down the statement creation needed for the essay and how to add details found online to participants’ own stories.

Then, we will walk participants through a rapid mock “Why This College/School” essay development, so that they can see where to grab things from and how to organise things found online into an essay format. Do note that the mock process will be done for Cornell.

Lastly, participants will be set off to complete a task to demonstrate that they can find appropriate things online and make statements about a school or program. They will work through the exercise using Cornell as an example and develop strong statements depending on their major choice.

Through reviewing several examples that worked to get students into top programs and going through the example exercise, we hope that all participants will be ready to dive into the several “Why This College/School” essays that many leading US colleges ask for.

Enhance your college application writing skills and increase your chances of admission by joining our workshop! Secure your spot today – this workshop is complimentary for current students, while new registrants will be charged a fee.

Workshop Details

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Workshop Focus

  • Review and critique several examples
  • Essay creation and mapping process examples
  • Practical exercises with feedback to start creation of strong statements for essays

Workshop Fee

  • For current Prep Zone students: Free
  • For new registrants: $80 nett

Upcoming Essay Workshops

WorkshopDate & TimeLocation
University of California (UC) Essay Workshop

Registration Is Closed
Sunday, 1 October 2023, 1:30PM-4PMIn-Person, Prep Zone Academy Orchard
University of California (UC) Essay Workshop

Registration Is Open
Saturday, 7 October 2023, 1:30PM-4PMOnline

Tyler J.

College Admissions Expert

Tyler attended the University of Minnesota, where he later worked as an interactive technology grant-funded researcher for three years after graduation. While living in Asia for 12 years, he has worked at Prince of Songkla University in Thailand, helping non-native English-speaking professors publish abroad while teaching academic writing and citation courses.

Meanwhile, he collaborated with startups in Shenzhen and Shanghai, working on college applications for eight years. To support his students, he explored creative nonfiction writing within courses at UCLA to gain an academic understanding of personal essays. He has mentored students to get accepted to top schools like Cornell, Penn, Columbia, JHU, Duke, Vanderbilt, Cambridge, Oxford, London Business School, Emory, Rice, UCLA, UC Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon, NYU, USC, BU, Harvard, and The University of Chicago.

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