How to be Unique
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How to be Unique

Attracting your dream college through your admissions essay
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Created by Julie Walthers
Last updated 8/2017
English
Price: $25
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Includes:
  • 42 mins on-demand video
  • 6 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Leverage the Common Application essay prompts to work in their favor - even if the student feels that they have nothing special to write about.
  • Understand what experiences and personal characteristics are unique to them and are worth writing about.
  • Understand how to find their Unique Student Perspective (USP) and how to use that USP to win over admissions officers.
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Requirements
  • Paper / Writing Utensil
  • Computer with word processing program (MS Word or Notepad)
  • Students will need to know which college(s) they will be applying to and if their essay prompts are included on the CommonApp
Description

Everyone always says that in order to write a good college admissions essay, you have to be "unique."  And it's true! The problem is, what if your greatest accomplishment was completing your Pokedex? Or your greatest challenge was finishing that AP Literature exam essay in under 15 minutes? That doesn't exactly leave you with a lot of inspiring admissions essay material. 

Don't worry, I've got you covered! 

In this mini-course you'll learn the crucial components of a powerful college admission essay that will help you to stand out in a sea of transcripts. Through answering the personal intake questionnaire, understanding basic marketing techniques, and finding your Unique Student Proposition (USP), you'll be able to compose a compelling essay that will show the admissions officers why you would be an asset to their incoming class.

My ultimate goal is to help all students to compose an essay that is insightful, authentic, and which expresses the fullness of who they really are in order to connect with and attract the attention of the school they want to attend. 

When you write your essay with your USP in mind, you'll be able to craft a personal narrative that humanizes the rest of your application and truly demonstrates what an awesome, intelligent, and sweet person you are. 

This course is great for students (and parents) who don't want to invest a lot of money in a private tutor or college consultant, but who still want to give themselves an advantage in the admissions office.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for the "average" student who feels that they don't have anything special to write about in their essays that will help them stand out.
  • This course is for students who have not started their college application essays and need help unlocking the prompts and writing an effective essay that will help them stand out.
  • This course is for the motivated student who wants to give themselves an advantage in the admissions office.
  • This course is not for students who need guidance completing the rest of their college applications. This course only focuses on the essay portion.
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Curriculum For This Course
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Uncovering your Uniqueness (and why it matters!)
3 Lectures 14:47
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The Secret Weapon: Finding your Unique Student Perspective
1 Lecture 11:34
Your Secret Weapon: The USP
11:34
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Putting It All Together!
1 Lecture 10:32
Putting it all Together
10:32
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BONUSES!
2 Lectures 00:00
BONUS Cheat Sheet: Important Tips and General Advice
2 pages

Proofreading Checklist
2 pages
About the Instructor
Julie Walthers
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Julie is a professional editor and English teacher living in the metro D.C. area. She is the founder and lead editor at Ghost Editorial, and the work she has done with clients has been published in both niche and mass markets such as The New York Times and academic journals. Before becoming an English teacher, Julie worked in the Detroit post-production and advertising industry where she learned valuable marketing strategies that have proven to be exceptionally applicable in teaching students how to identify and leverage their own unique characteristics when writing their college application essays. Since becoming an educator, Julie has worked with countless students on their college and graduate school admissions essays, many of whom have gone on to be accepted to their 1st choice schools.