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why should i go to college
Why should I go to college?
  • More skills
    • Jobs of the FUTURE
  • More jobs
    • “by the year 2028 there will be 19 million more jobs for educated workers than there are qualified people to fill them” (
why should i go to college1
Why should I go to college?
  • More money
    • “According to the U.S. Census Bureau, on average, someone with a bachelor's degree earns $50,900—that's 62 percent more than the $31,500 earned annually by someone with only a high school diploma” (
    • More statistics according to
      • High school dropout—$22,100 a year
      • High school graduate—$30,056 a year
      • College graduate (BA)—$54,704 a year
why should i go to college2
Why should I go to college?
  • More AND better...
    • “According to experts, college graduates are self confident, have greater knowledge of governance, are less likely to become criminals, are emotionally and financially secure, make better partners and parents, and have a deeper understanding of human nature” (Paul Wilson).
what colleges often want
What colleges often want...
  • GPA
  • Scores
  • Class requirements
  • Involvement, service, and/or leadership
  • Application
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Fee
  • Entrance essay
preparing for the entrance essay source collegeboard com
Preparing for the entrance essay...Source:
  • 3 types of questions colleges ask
    • Who are you?
    • Why us?
    • How well can you think (and write) outside the box?
who are you
Who are you?
  • Purpose:
    • To know you
    • To evaluate how you introduce yourself
  • Blessing and curse: Freedom
    • You choose
    • Not too broad; pick 1-2 things to really zero in on
why us
Why us?
  • Purpose:
    • To hear your selection of school and/or career
    • To evaluate your commitment to them
  • How:
    • Know your subject well
in or out of the box
In or out of the box?
  • Purpose:
    • To evaluate your breadth of knowledge and ‘withitness’
    • To witness your creativity
  • How:
    • Be informed
let s practice
Let’s practice...
  • What type of question is each of the following?
      • If you could strengthen one aspect of yourself, what would it be? Why?
      • If you could invent anything, what would you create? Discuss.
      • What are your career objectives, and how will our college help you achieve them?
      • How might a freshman roommate describe you?
      • If you could spend an evening with any prominent person -- living, deceased, or fictional -- whom would you choose, and why?
response partner share
Response (Partner share):
  • Which type of question will be easiest for you and why?
  • Which type of question will be most difficult for you and why?
what if
What if…

I can’t afford college?

  • scholarships (essay are required for those sometimes)
  • financial opportunities as ACHS graduate
  • loans
  • community college
  • work part time

Where there is a will,

there is a way

who cares
Who cares?

I don’t want to go to college? Why do I have to do this?

  • Assignment for this class
  • Communication is essential (jobs, interviews, legal responsibilities, self-advocacy, relationships, etc)
    • this process promotes communication
writing the entrance essay blending the best of narrative expository and persuasive

Writing the entrance essay:Blending the best of narrative, expository, and persuasive

The keys to write your way in...

(to college, to money, to hearts)

what is it
What is it?
  • How we produce writing is determined by:
    • Focus
      • 3 types of questions
    • Purpose
      • Through an essay, a college looks for:
        • Your Preferences:
        • Your Values:
        • Your Thought Process
    • Audience
      • Informal vs. formal
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What is it?
  • Narrative
    • Shares a memorable experience
    • Uses sensory language to describe
    • Typically follows chronological order, though sometimes w/ flashbacks
  • Expository
    • Writing with the purpose of informing
  • Persuasive
        • Make a sale!
how do i write a winner
How do I write a winner?
  • Be original; be yourself
  • Use imagery and precise words, but not the thesaurus (too much)
  • The INTRO matters!!!
    • Admissions officers decide a lot w/in the intro
    • A.O. spend 1-2 minutes reading each essay; make it captivating!
  • Less is MORE; narrow, deep focus; not broad
  • Be specific and persuasive
  • The College Application Essay, by Sarah Myers McGinty.