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.

Questions about volunteer essay readers can be directed to Elaine Lotus Chan (elainelotuschan@gmail.com).

Links and tips:

  1. Familiarize yourself with the UC essay prompts, the Common App prompts, and the Coalition 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.

Essay reading begins on Sept 10, 2018 and continues until the start of winter break. The pdf of the schedule is here: Berkeley High Essay Reader Schedule 2018.

 

 

 

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    November 20, 2018
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    Basketball: Boys F/S Foundation Game vs El Camino (Away)
    Starts: 4:00 pm
    Ends: November 20, 2018 - 4:00 pm
    Location: El Cerrito High School
    Description: Type: nonconference Opponent: El Camino
    Basketball: Boys JV Foundation Game vs El Cerrito (Away)
    Starts: 5:30 pm
    Ends: November 20, 2018 - 5:30 pm
    Location: El Cerrito High School
    Description: Type: nonconference Opponent: El Cerrito
    Basketball: Boys Varsity Foundation Game vs El Cerrito (Away)
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: November 20, 2018 - 7:00 pm
    Location: El Cerrito High School
    Description: Type: nonconference Opponent: El Cerrito
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    November 21, 2018
    11:30 am - 12:20 pm
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    November 23, 2018
    3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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    Starts: 4:00 pm
    Ends: November 24, 2018 - 4:00 pm
    Location: Berkeley High - Donahue Gym
    Description: Type: nonconference Opponent: Skyline
    Basketball: Girls JV Game vs Salesian (Home)
    Starts: 5:30 pm
    Ends: November 24, 2018 - 5:30 pm
    Location: Berkeley High - Donahue Gym
    Description: Type: nonconference Opponent: Salesian
    Basketball: Girls Varsity Game vs Skyline (Home)
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: November 24, 2018 - 7:00 pm
    Location: Berkeley High - Donahue Gym
    Description: Type: nonconference Opponent: Skyline
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    Starts: 4:00 pm
    Ends: November 26, 2018 - 4:00 pm
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    Description: Type: nonconference Opponent: Oakland Technical
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    November 26, 2018
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