You guys know how much I emphasize the importance of writing, and Robinson and I both agree that the essay is the single most important component of any college application.
Robinson is a California-based writer and teacher who works with college-bound students on crafting compelling narrative essays. What makes Robinson's book especially helpful is she provides an analysis of why each essay works, along with overarching tips for picking and crafting an engaging topic.
I always tell my students, "Write what you know." Robinson explains why this is so effective:
The best way to learn to write a college application essay is to read what others have written. That’s what I tell all my students. By reading excellent examples of narrative-style essays like these, you quickly can understand why this storytelling style is so effective.
The main reason? You want to read them. Slice-of-life narratives include real-life stories that draw the reader into the essay, and along the way, paint an intriguing picture of what the student is all about.
By relating personal experiences and meaningful moments, the writers reveal how they feel and think, what they care about and their goals and dreams. This is exactly what a college wants to learn about you.
Many thanks to Janine for letting me review her book!