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ACTUALLY CHOOSE YOU? How Do You Get Your #1 College Choice To 1 Empower The Athlete Presents… www.EmpowerTheAthlete.com

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You embody the characteristics colleges want! As an Athlete … …but what is going to make you UNIQUE ? And what will inspire an admissions officer to say: “Our university would be a fool not to accept this student-athlete!”

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3 COLLEGE APPLICATION A Winning

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WHAT YOU’VE DONE …Is Not A Recitation of

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WHO YOU ARE …It’s A Declaration Of 5

The Purpose Of Today’s College Admissions Bootcamp:

The Purpose Of Today’s College Admissions Bootcamp To increase your likelihood of getting your #1 college choice to choose you Reveal the secrets, process and power of writing a differentiating and unforgettable college essay Empower you to understand the topics, tools and “truth” you’ll need to embrace to write your most impactful college essay 6

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7 Your Truth Dictates Which Essay Prompt You Choose: It’s Not A Recitation of What You’ve Done, It’s a Declaration Of Who You Are

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8 The ETA Way: A Three-Phase Twelve-Step Approach to Declaring Your Truth

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9 The Five Criteria By Which You Will Be Accepted Or Rejected T H E B I G F I V E And how to increase your chance of being accepted!

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Take tough classes Get good grades 10 The Five Criteria By Which You Will Be Accepted Or Rejected #1 - GPA & Class Schedule 1

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What are the requirements? Does the school require or recommend SAT IIs ? SAT vs ACT? Try them both! Take a prep course. If at first you don’t succeed – take ‘ em again! Many schools average scores or simply consider higher score. 11 The Five Criteria By Which You Will Be Accepted Or Rejected #2 - Standardized Tests: SAT, SAT IIs , ACT 2

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How many are required? Do they accept/read additional recs ? Utilize the people that know you the best Highlight your extracurriculars 12 #3 – Recommendations ccccc The Five Criteria By Which You Will Be Accepted Or Rejected 3

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Quality over quantity Leadership Highlighting the impact and outcome of your leadership What else do you bring to the table? ( esp Div. III) Go beyond the playing field to highlight how you’ve impacted your community and the people around you 13 The Five Criteria By Which You Will Be Accepted Or Rejected #4 – Extracurriculars v 4

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The essay may be the single most critical opportunity through which you can separate and elevate yourself from the pack It is the one application element over which you have most control It is a true game-changer when written well, as a great essay is far rarer than a 4.0 or a perfect test score It enables admission counselors to not only hear your voice – but your core 14 The Five Criteria By Which You Will Be Accepted Or Rejected #5 – The Essay(s) 5

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The Power of The College Essay 15 The essay is the sole element in your application that can inspire an admissions counselor to: Remember you (or not remember you) Fight for you to be accepted

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The Objective of The College Essay 16 The college essay serves one simple function: To move the admissions reader to believe his or her university would be a fool not to accept you

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17 The Nature of The College Essay The Essay is not : A forum to brag about your intellect A showcase to flaunt your thesaurus A list of all your extracurriculars A plea as to why you should be accepted Going to receive a letter grade The Essay is a creative writing assignment, not an academic one; It is an emotional writing assignment, not an intellectual one

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18 How Is The College Essay Different From Any Other Essay I’ve Ever Written Before?

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The Challenge of The College Essay 19 Admissions counselors are people who must read through heaping piles of thousands of essays: They may be tired or may be hungry Their mind may be elsewhere – thinking about picking up their kids from soccer Your essay may be #36 in a daunting stack of 41 essays They are hoping/dreading yours isn’t as bad as the last six they read

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EMOTIONS The college essay functions as an: engineered to move a reader from one emotional state (their current one) to another (the one you intend them to feel) 20 The Secret Of The College Essay

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21 Emotion-Delivery Vehicles Are Everywhere Speeches Songs Stand-up Sports

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22 It’s Easy To Evaluate If They’re Successful Speeches Songs Stand-up Sports

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And While You Can’t Control The Emotional State In Which The Admissions Counselor “Enters” Your Essay 23

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24 You Can Control The Emotional State In Which The Admissions Counselor “Exits” Your Essay!

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25 So, How Do I Craft An Essay That Will Emotionally Move An Admissions Reader To Say, “We’d Be A Fool To Not Accept This Kid?” EMOTIONS You Your Essay Their Decision

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Provide the reader a front-row seat on a significant emotional *journey* in your life Invite them to sit shotgun as you reveal, declare and confess to them what makes you, YOU . 26 The Most Effective Way to Emotionally Move A Reader

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27 Capture and Convey a Tone and Voice That Is True And Consistent With Who You Are The tone and delivery is up to you – as long as it inspires a state of emotional change in the reader, as you articulate your story

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28 Use The Hollywood Movie Method To Structure And Design Your College Essay College Essays & Movies are each brought to life by a single event that sends a central protagonist on a life-changing journey Nearly all successful films focus on a pivotal, life-changing event within the protagonist’s life – not his/her entire life. Same goes for great college essays.

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29 A Case Study In The Journey From X to Y: The Wizard Of Oz

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30 A Case Study In The Journey From X to Y: The Wizard Of Oz What is the pivotal event in Dorothy’s life that sends her on a journey to forever change her life?

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31 A tornado! If ___ had never happened, I would’ve never gone from X to Y. A Case Study In The Journey From X to Y: The Wizard Of Oz

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32 A Case Study In The Journey From X to Y: The Wizard Of Oz X Y

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33 Key Takeaways

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34 Contact ETA To Work One-On-One With A College Essay Writing Consultant To Write Your Best Essay info@empowertheathlete.com (415) 800-7794

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