By Susan Riddell
Students at Beechwood (Independent) High School recently participated in a weeklong boot camp, but they weren’t focused on getting their bodies in shape. Instead, they were shaping up their skill set for applying to college.
“Getting into the right college is becoming such a competitive process,” said Beechwood guidance counselor Chris Reeves, who organized the week for roughly 50 rising seniors. “I wanted to give these students a chance to really get some individual attention and feedback regarding their essays and applications.”
Students participated in half-day sessions. At the beginning of the week, Reeves used role reversal to show the students what college application readers are looking for in essays and how they might judge them.
Students worked in groups and read the essays of fictional students Angela, Jimmy, Max, Rodney and Juliana. Reeves had groups admit two, waitlist one and decline admission to two.
It proved to be an eye-opening experience several of the students said. Reeves made sure to point out how the task also gave students Continue Reading