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"The College Application as a Narrative" ft. Irena Smith, fmr. Stanford Admissions Reader! Sunday, April 16th

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College Admissions Workshops with Kate Stone

"The College Application as a Narrative" ft. Irena Smith, fmr. Stanford Admissions Reader!

When? Sunday, April 16th at 1 pm PST / 4 pm EST

Where? Zoom

It's not just your college essay that tells a story; it's your entire application. Learn how an application's components—grades, scores, activities, and recommendations— come together to create the most compelling narrative.

Irena Smith is a former Stanford admissions officer, independent college counselor, and author of The Golden Ticket: A Life in College Admissions Essays.

Kate Stone is an independent college coach, applying her background in youth mentorship, social-emotional learning, and creative writing to encourage her students to develop their critical thinking, autonomy, and authenticity to produce standout application essays.

What You’ll Learn:

  • How Is Your Application Structured and Reviewed?
  • The Five Pieces of Your Application: Biographical, Academic, Teacher Recommendation Letters, Activities List, and Essays
  • Letters of Recommendation: Best Practices
  • Elevating Your Activities List
  • How to Use the Additional Info Section
  • Q&A

Here’s what students and parents shared from previous years:

"The whole essay writing process became less stressful and more of a a panic attack being redirected into a guided brainstorm meditation. Under Kate's tutelage, she became more focused, confident and creative in her writing ability."
— Lisa, Parent
"At first my son was reluctant to try a coach. I think he just didn't think it would help him. But, after their first meeting he said: “Oh my god, she just made everything clearer". Do yourself a favor and hire Kate."
— Sharde, Parent
"Kate took my essays to the next level and coached me into writing creatively. Kate also helped me voice my own opinions. In the end, her guidance led to intriguing essays that were entirely and honestly me. The essays I wrote with Kate helped me get into my dream school: Duke University."
— Harshita, Student

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