Essay Workshops

College Essay Workshop- Supplemental Essays (3 hours)

*Leah is available to conduct this workshop for schools either in-person or over Zoom. High school juniors and seniors are the target audience.

Supplemental essays refer to shorter essays that colleges require in addition to the personal statement. Some colleges require three supplemental essays, and some colleges do not require any. If a student is applying to ten colleges and each college requires two supplemental essays, then the student will be writing 20 additional essays. Learning tips and strategies for the supplemental essays will help students save time and write higher-quality essays.

This workshop will cover some of the most common supplemental essay topics: the “Why Us?”, extracurricular activity, and “Why this major?” essays. Students will walk away with a packet of sample essays and brainstorming exercises that will be reviewed during the workshop. They will leave feeling empowered and prepared to begin their own essay-writing process.

Most students will have to write two of these three types of supplemental essays unless they are only applying to schools within the state of Florida. The most popular is the “Why Us?” essay, in which colleges ask why the student is interested in attending their institution specifically. Some schools that have required a “Why Us?” essay in past years are:

American University, Babson College, Barnard College, Boston University, Colorado College, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Davidson College, Duke University, Georgetown University, George Washington University, Indiana University, Lafayette College, New York University, Northwestern University, Southern Methodist University, Tulane University, Tufts University, Texas Christian University, University of Central Florida, University of Chicago, University of Michigan, University of Southern California, University of Pennsylvania, University of Wisconsin, and Wake Forest University.