Students who work with me know I am an advocate of submitting applications a month (sometimes more!) before deadlines. I'd name ALL of the reasons why this is a good idea, but that would take awhile, so I'll simply offer you my favorite: is there anything better than getting a surprise acceptance in early October, when your friends are still slaving away over their essays?
Nope....almost nothing! Congratulations!
Cancelled tests, virtual learning, campuses closed to visitors - it is no secret that this group of seniors is applying to college under especially challenging circumstances. They are the Real MVP's -- which is why I'm so happy that they are getting the results they deserve!
Please don't hesitate to contact me if you are struggling with your college journey - I will have openings for new students beginning in December.
Did you know that College Board offers awards of $1,000 to $2,000 for students who link their Khan Academy account with their College Board account, spend a significant number of hours studying (through Khan Academy) and then improve by 100 points or more? That could cover books or other essential expenses for your first year of college!
Congratulations to the hardworking JBEC students who received these notifications for their fall testing!
For the last decade, my students have spent their summers...well, everywhere. Yet I've been evangelizing for years about how every current junior should get the majority of their college application work done before senior year- because college essays and applications are a process that demands self-awareness and self-expression, and students simply don't have the bandwidth for much of that when they are juggling academics.
That's why I couldn't be more excited to announce this program.
For the very first time, I'm offering a remote course that will support students in the process of applying to college, including writing the best essays they have EVER written...that they can participate in from absolutely anywhere!
Students who enroll will receive:
- 8 weeks of college application support - this includes a series of online webinars you can watch anytime, plus UNLIMITED draft feedback/brainstorming ideas from and with me! (phone, Zoom, email, Google docs)
- An initial planning session and overview where we will outline your goals and create an individualized timeline
- Ongoing guidance through my 5 Essential Steps: letters of recommendation, extracurricular resume creation and optimization, personal statement writing, college list creation/feedback, and supplemental essays
- The essay work will include drafts of both the Common Application, Coalition, and UC essays, depending on where students are applying
OF COURSE, I am still serving students in the Bay Area as well as Sacramento area (new office is in Rocklin)....but I'm thrilled that this program will be tailored to accommodate students, wherever they are :)
Enroll here: https://www.JessicaBrenner.com/college-app-summer-boot-camp---register-now.html. We'll start with a 30 minute phone call with the parent to ensure that this format is going to be a good fit.
This process is RIGHT around the corner....so let's talk about how we can make your dreams a reality!
It's that time of year. You've gotten in...or perhaps are still waiting on some answers. If you're sorting through your college news feeling excited and even a bit uncertain, you're not alone.
So, what should you be doing before or after you decide to commit?
Is there a way you can get more scholarship money than you were offered?
What steps should you take to make sure you are making the right decision about where to enroll?
If it's been a while since we've spoken and you'd like to debrief, check out my new availability on Calendly.com/Jessica-Brenner to schedule a conversation!
This is my favorite time of year - not because my work with this year's seniors is wrapping up (meaning many heartfelt "see you later's"), but because most early admissions responses are out! With plenty more exciting news to come, here are some of the schools that students have been accepted to so far: