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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    BHS Activism Fair (Outdoor Basketball Courts/ M-Gym)
    May 24, 2017
    12:05 pm - 3:30 pm
    Outdoor Basketball Courts/ M-Gym
    Track: All Levels NCS Championships vs TBA, Alameda, Arroyo, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Encinal, Hayward, Mt. Eden, Bishop O'Dowd, Piedmont, San Lorenzo, Tennyson (Away)
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: May 27, 2017 - 12:00 am
    Location: TBA
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: TBA, Alameda, Arroyo, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Encinal, Hayward, Mt. Eden, Bishop O'Dowd, Piedmont, San Lorenzo, Tennyson
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    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: May 28, 2017 - 12:00 am
    Location: TBA
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: TBA, Arroyo, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Encinal, Hayward, Mt. Eden, Bishop O'Dowd, Piedmont, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Tennyson
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    May 29, 2017
    8:30 am - 9:30 am
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    June 1, 2017
    11:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Main Courtyard
    Bridge Cohort 4 Graduation (Library)
    June 1, 2017
    5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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    Leadership Meetings 2016-17 (Library)
    June 5, 2017
    8:30 am - 9:30 am
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    Berkeley Athletic Fund Meeting (Library)
    June 12, 2017
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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    Berkeley Athletic Fund Meeting (Library)
    June 12, 2017
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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    Freshman Orientation 2017 (Donahue Gym)
    August 22, 2017
    7:00 am - 1:00 pm
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    Freshman Orientation 2017 (Donahue Gym)
    August 23, 2017
    7:00 am - 1:00 pm
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    August 24, 2017
    7:00 am - 1:00 pm
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