November 1, 2017
One of the most stressful parts of the college application process for students is the daunting task of writing a perfect and personal college essay. 826 Boston was there to help, serving more than 140 students at the eighth annual College Essay Boot Camp at Northeastern University. Every student was paired with a tutor to receive one-on-one assistance. These pairs were able to brainstorm, draft, or revise their college application essays.
We know from surveys that 83% of student attendees reported making significant progress on their college essays. Though 48% of students had not yet started their essays, nearly 70% of students reported leaving with at least a first draft. For students navigating the college admission process on their own, having a strong first draft and encouragement from their tutor is invaluable. One student reported, “unlike other programs that help with college essays, 826 Boston helped me to build my essay to reflect me and who I am as a person.”
Essay assistance was followed by tours of the beautiful Northeastern campus, and an information session about scholarship programs. And of course, no tutoring session is complete without snacks. College Essay Boot Camp is a perennial favorite among volunteers. We appreciate the time they took from their busy schedules to help students write their paths forward to college.