College Essay Reading

Berkeley High’s College Essay Readers are a group of professional writers and editors committed to helping BHS seniors shine through their personal statements for UC, the Common App and supplemental essays. Readers will be available in the College Career Center on a first come, first served basis to help students brainstorm, write and revise their essays. Essay reading will begin again in September 2017.

Between now and next fall, there’s a lot rising seniors can do to make the college essay writing experience less painful — even enjoyable!

  1. Familiarize yourself with the UC essay prompts and the Common App prompts.
  2. Brainstorm. This is a really important step, but one that writers usually breeze past. Here are two good videos for guided brainstorming: Objects Exercise and Values Exercise
  3. Join our Facebook page. Updates and reader schedules will be posted there.

Other resources (there are tons of resources on websites and YouTube. Some are free, some are not).

  1. The College Essay Guy has a bunch of good free resources including —
    1. Brief Guide to UC Prompts
    2. One Hour Guide to Writing the Personal Statement
  2. College Essay Advisors have a good breakdown of the Common App.

 

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    March 27, 2017
    11:15 am - 12:15 pm
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    March 28, 2017
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    Starts: 3:30 pm
    Ends: March 28, 2017 - 3:30 pm
    Location: Monarch Bay
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: Castro Valley, Berkeley, Encinal
    Volleyball: Boys Varsity Game vs Castro Valley (Away)
    Starts: 4:00 pm
    Ends: March 28, 2017 - 4:00 pm
    Location: Castro Valley High - Auxiliary Gym
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: Castro Valley
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    Ends: March 28, 2017 - 4:00 pm
    Location: Berkeley High - Tim Moellering Field
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: San Lorenzo
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    Starts: 4:00 pm
    Ends: March 28, 2017 - 4:00 pm
    Location: San Lorenzo High School
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: San Lorenzo
    Badminton: All Levels Match vs Arroyo (Home)
    Starts: 4:15 pm
    Ends: March 28, 2017 - 4:15 pm
    Location: Berkeley High School - Jacket Gym
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: Arroyo
    BHS Arts Extravaganza (Quad & Senior Steps)
    March 29, 2017
    11:15 am - 12:15 pm
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    Starts: 3:30 pm
    Ends: March 29, 2017 - 3:30 pm
    Location: Berkeley High School
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: Bishop O'Dowd
    Softball: Girls JV Game vs San Leandro (Away)
    Starts: 4:00 pm
    Ends: March 29, 2017 - 4:00 pm
    Location: San Leandro High School
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: San Leandro