How to Write a Personal Statement: A Video Series for Students, Parents & Counselors
“I think this course really changed my life."
In this video series, you'll learn everything you need to know to write your personal statement during 7 video lessons with me, Ethan Sawyer (a.k.a the College Essay Guy).
Who's this for? Students, Parents, and Counselors! Students will write a draft of their entire Common App; Counselors and Parents will receive all the resources needed to guide a student through the process.
WHAT MAKES THIS COURSE DIFFERENT?
WHERE ELSE WILL YOU FIND A PERSONAL STATEMENT COURSE (I COULD ACTUALLY STOP THERE, BUT I WON’T) THAT OFFERS:
How to Find Your Deepest Story: A Guided Meditation – Upgrade your connection to the quiet voice inside your head that guides your most important decisions.
The Feelings and Needs Exercise – Six questions that will map out your entire essay. Simply put, the most efficient brainstorming exercise I've ever created.
The Great College Essay Test – I feel there are four qualities every great essay should possess. How does your essay stack up?
YOU’LL GET ANSWERS TO ALL THESE QUESTIONS:
How do I figure out what to write about? How do I structure my essay? Is there a step-by-step process for writing it? Are any topics off-limits? How much sharing is too much? How do I revise my essay? How do I make it not-boring? What are some different ways I can start my story? How do I show the reader I’m really smart? How do I brag in a way that doesn’t sound like I’m bragging? How do I make my essay, like, deep? What are the four qualities of an amazing essay? How do I end my essay? How do I know whether my essay is good or not? Should I share my essay? With how many people? When?
Drawing on my time spent studying screenwriting structure, I’ll teach you how to tell a great story—in your own words.
Each lesson is followed by a Q&A with me (Ethan), in which students ask questions particular to their own essays that you can apply to your own essay!
THE GET ‘ER DONE-NESS.
Because we’ll be working over the course of eight lessons, you’ll actually finish your Common App.
Watch and work from anywhere. You’ll have access to the recordings forever.
Won’t it be awesome to get your Common App DONE? Your friends will be so jelly.
If you’ve finished the entire course and you’re not satisfied, you’ll get your money back. What’s to lose?
Suggested cost is $149 with a pay-what-you-can option available. What's that last part mean? No one will be turned away due to cost. Really.
$149 with a pay-what-you-can option available
(Email: email@example.com if interested in pwyc.)
This course was originally recorded over the course of eight days in July 2016 with a live online webinar audience. I'd recommend sticking to the 8-day schedule to prevent burnout. But if you're feeling particularly ambitious, you're welcome to work ahead!
Lesson 1. How to Find Your Essay Topic
Lesson 2. How to Write Each of the Four Essay Types + Ethan Workshops Essay Topics
Lesson 3. The Great College Essay Test + Ethan Workshops First Drafts
Lesson 4. How to Lead the First Session (Optional Lesson
Lesson 5. How to Revise Your Essay in 5 Steps + Ethan Workshops Essays
Lesson 6. Bringing Your Essay to Life OR When to Scrap What You Have and Start Over
Lesson 7. Ethan Workshops Essays
Lesson 8. Celebrating Your Work & Looking Ahead