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Those All-Important 650 Words

October 29, 2019

A tutor assists a student during College Essay Boot Camp at Northeastern University.

This time of year you can expect a good fright, but one daunting deadline has some high school seniors feeling extra spooked: college essays. But this past weekend, 826 Boston was ready to calm students’ nerves and offer support on those all-important 650 words.

Last Saturday, over 120 students attended our annual College Essay Boot Camp at Northeastern University. With the aid of 72 trained volunteers, students brainstormed, drafted, revised, and polished their college essays. While 45% of these students hadn’t started writing anything before they arrived, every single one left with an outline or a first draft.

David, a high school senior visiting his sister at Northeastern for the weekend, saw a sign for College Essay Boot Camp while skateboarding outside. He asked to squeeze into a session, saying he wasn’t feeling great about his own personal statement. When he left a few hours later, David expressed a newfound confidence in his college essay and gratitude for the one-on-one support from his volunteer tutor.

This day would not have been possible without the support of our amazing volunteers, half of whom were volunteering with 826 Boston for the first time! We appreciate the time both our volunteers and our students took on a busy Saturday to work on writing their paths to college.


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