Welcome to the Admissions Essay Toolkit

Everything You Need To Write An Admissions Essay (In 5 Days or Less!)

Essay Importance

After grades, course curriculum, and test scores, the essay is the most important factor in an admissions decision.

The essay is a crucial component of the application, and can’t be treated as an afterthought.
In fact, by the time students are applying to college, all the courses and grades are set, which leaves the essay as the last component where students have complete control over.

When reading essays, the admissions committee is looking to see:

  • If your student can write well
  • If they would be a good fit for the school
  • They exhibit one or more key personality characteristics that will make them successful

As a parent, there is no doubt that you care deeply about your child’s success, and want them to have a good experience as a senior applying to college.

As a senior in high school, your student has put in years of hard work to get where they are today…

…the tough classes
…the extra-curricular activities
…the after-school job
It’s all coming to a close.


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But when it comes to the college application, there is still one place where your student has the opportunity to make a difference:

THE ADMISSIONS ESSAY

Hi! I’m Julie Walthers


I just want to take a second to thank you for being here and learning about how I can help your student to write an exceptional admissions essay. I’ve worked hard to create a course that enables students to write essays that they can be proud of and confident in submitting to their schools. 

I’m the founder and lead editor of Ghost Editorial, a copyediting and copywriting business that specializes in academic and small business writing. Through a combination of personal reflection exercises, purposeful brainstorming, and a touch of educational reconnaissance, I have helped hundreds of students compose college admissions essays that are authentic and demonstrative of what an asset they’ll be to their desired schools.

In addition to several years of experience advising high school seniors on their college admissions essays, I’ve worked closely with accomplished academics around the world in publishing their research in prestigious journals and mass publications like The New York Times. In short, you’re in good hands! 

Thanks so much for stopping by, and keep on reading to see how I can help your student write their best admissions essay!


Before your student writes an essay, attaches it to their application, and hopes for the best, let me tell you how the Admissions Essay Toolkit can take their admissions (and scholarship!) essays from good to great!

Truth is, most students write application essays that don’t work to their advantage in the admissions room.


Many essays that take students out of the running for an acceptance letter fall into one or more of the following categories:


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    FORMULAIC

    Essay is predictable and boring. If the essay doesn’t interested the admissions officer within the firsts few lines, students will have a hard time making a good impression.

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    REPEAT INFO THAT CAN BE FOUND ELSEWHERE ON THEIR APP

    If the student decides to write about their grades, awards, or certain accomplishments that can be easily found elsewhere on their application, they are not taking advantage of the huge opportunity to make an impact.

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    GRAMMAR & SPELLING ERRORS

    A few misspelled words, poorly constructed sentences, or clear issues with grammar are all warning signs that a student might struggle in basic-level classes – not to mention that simple errors demonstrate carelessness on the part of the student.

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    TRITE TOPICS

    Unfortunately, “drive-by” charity work topics are cliché in the admissions office. Doing a few hours of community service or going on a mission trip just for the sake of having a good admissions essay does not go over well with the admissions team.

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    POORLY STRUCTURED

    When students don’t take the time to create a personal narrative that has a clear beginning, middle, and an end, it shows a lack of focus and ability to community clearly and purposefully.

Once grades and test scores are factored in, the essay can keep your student in the running, or completely take them out of consideration. Ensuring that your student has the proper essay writing support is one of the best ways to help them submit a well-rounded college application.


I got you covered!

The Admissions Essay Toolkit Can Help Your Student With The Entire Essay Writing Process

The online, self-paced program teaches students to…

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    FIND THE ESSAY TOPIC THAT WILL DEMONSTRATE WHAT AN ASSET THEY WILL BE TO THE SCHOOL

    The topic can make or break an essay, so it’s crucial to identify the best possible event to write about.

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    WRITE APPLICATION AND SCHOLARSHIP ESSAYS THAT ACKNOWLEDGE WHAT THE ADMISSIONS COMMITTEE IS LOOKING FOR IN AN APPLICANT

    Students need to understand who they are writing for and what their audience (aka The Admissions Committee) is looking to find in order to make a positive impact with their essay.

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    LEARN HOW TO IDENTIFY QUALITIES IN THEMSELVES THAT THE ADMISSIONS COMMITTEE WANTS TO SEE IN POTENTIAL STUDENTS

    Tenacity, honesty, compassion, empathy…these are just a few of the things that admissions officers look for. The Admissions Essay Toolkit will help students find those ideal qualities in themselves!

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    PRODUCTIVELY BRAINSTORM & OUTLINE THEIR ESSAYS TO ENSURE A CLEAR AND LOGICAL FLOW TO THEIR NARRATIVES

    A long, rambling, and non-coherent essay can easily take your student out of the running. Proper planning is crucial in order to write a quality essay.

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    PROOFREAD & EDIT THEIR ESSAYS FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF AN ADMISSIONS OFFICER

    The admissions committee is looking for more than just spelling and grammar. The last module of the Admissions Essay Toolkit includes a thorough proofreading checklist to help students review their essays from a different perspective.


You can help your student write their best essay and feel confident in what they are submitting to their schools with the Admissions Essay Toolkit!

Let me tell you Admissions Essay Toolkit

 
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    MODULE 1: WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION

    In this module, students will get an overview of the entire course to ensure that they understand the essay writing process.

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    COURSE CURRICULUM CHECKLIST

    The curriculum checklist walks students through each one of the module action steps. This helps students to stay organized and on-track!

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    5 DAY ESSAY WRITING PLANNER

    To help students plan their time and finish their essays in 5 days, I’ve created a daily planner that tells students exactly what needs to be done to finish their essays in a week. This planner is perfect for students who need help with their time management.

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    MODULE 2: PRESEARCH

    In Module 2, I’m going to walk students through self-reflection exercises and show them the importance of doing research on the schools they are applying to. The information in this module will be the basis for all of their essays.

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    SELF-REFLECTION EXERCISES

    The self-reflection lesson is crucial to finding a solid topic to write on. Students don’t always know what is special or unique about themselves, but by the end of the self-reflection module, they will have several topic options!

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    SCHOOL RECONNAISSANCE

    This lesson goes beyond just knowing application deadlines and the average GPA of accepted students. In the School Reconnaissance lesson, students are going to learn about the culture of the schools, what types of support services and extra-curricular activities they offer, and whether or not the schools offer specific programs that your student would be interested in.

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      MODULE 3: MARKETING 101

      Module 3 is all about finding that ONE quality that sets your student apart from all the other viable applicants – even if everyone looks alike on paper. Once students identify that one personal quality that makes them unique, the rest of the essay will be a breeze.

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      The Unique Student Perspective (USP) Identifier

      The USP Identifier is your student’s secret weapon to standing out in a sea of applications. Through carefully constructed questions, students will learn what makes them unique and apply that knowledge to writing a spectacular essay.

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      14 KEY CHARACTERISTICS THAT COLLEGES LOOK FOR IN AN APPLICANT

      It’s crucial that students demonstrate one or more of the 14 key characteristics that colleges want in a candidate. Through the USP Identifier sheet, I’ll help students find the key qualities that they naturally demonstrate, and which will help them make a positive impact in the admissions office!

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      MODULE 4: BRAINSTORMING & OUTLINING

      In Module 4, I walk students through the entire pre-writing process. From brainstorming to outlining, by the time students are done with this lesson, they will feel confident and excited to write their essays!

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      4 CRUCIAL STEPS TO OUTLINING YOUR ESSAY

      I created a step-by-step process that makes outlining the admissions essay

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    BONUSES

    I’ve created some great bonuses that I know will help your student, not just with writing essays, but with the entire college application process!

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