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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    Volleyball: Girls Varsity Tournament vs TBA (Home)
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: September 23, 2018 - 12:00 am
    Location: Berkeley High - Donahue Gym
    Description: Type: nonconference Opponent: TBA Comments: Jacket Invitational
    Water Polo: Girls Varsity Tournament vs TBA (Away)
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: September 23, 2018 - 12:00 am
    Location: Contra Costa College
    Description: Type: nonconference Opponent: TBA
    American University (pd 1)
    September 24, 2018
    10:00 am - 10:40 am
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    Columbia College (pd. 4)
    September 24, 2018
    1:09 pm - 1:52 pm
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    Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) (pd. 6)
    September 24, 2018
    2:45 pm - 3:30 pm
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    Hockey: Girls Varsity Game vs Lick-Wilmerding (Away)
    Starts: 4:00 pm
    Ends: September 24, 2018 - 4:00 pm
    Location: Lick Wilmerding High School
    Description: Type: nonconference Opponent: Lick-Wilmerding
    Water Polo: Girls Varsity Game vs San Marin (Home)
    Starts: 5:00 pm
    Ends: September 24, 2018 - 5:00 pm
    Location: Berkeley High School
    Description: Type: nonconference Opponent: San Marin
    Water Polo: Girls JV Game vs San Marin (Home)
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: September 24, 2018 - 6:00 pm
    Location: Berkeley High School
    Description: Type: nonconference Opponent: San Marin
    AHA Classes (pds. 1-2)
    September 25, 2018
    8:30 am - 10:40 am
    CCC D-221
    Vanderbilt University (pd. 4)
    September 25, 2018
    12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
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    Tennis: Girls All Levels Match vs Hayward (Away)
    Starts: 3:30 pm
    Ends: September 25, 2018 - 3:30 pm
    Location: Hayward High School
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: Hayward
    Volleyball: Girls Freshman Game vs San Leandro (Away)
    Starts: 4:00 pm
    Ends: September 25, 2018 - 4:00 pm
    Location: San Leandro High - Main Gym
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: San Leandro