Platitudinous droning, however polished, will not get you into the college of your choice. University admissions officers want to know who you are and how you think, not read your affirmation that “music is the universal language.” Finding your own voice and unique content for your essay will not only help your application rise to the top, it will improve your writing overall. Join writing coach and author Cathy Altman Nocquet for insights and writing exercises that will help you craft a strong college essay.
About Cathy Altman Nocquet: Cathy Altman Nocquet graduated from Barnard College/Columbia University and made a career of creative thinking while working in international advertising as a writer and strategist. Her workshops feature original exercises designed to conquer writer’s block and facilitate written expression. In addition to working with students from dozens of schools in the US and Europe one-on-one or in groups, she has led workshops at libraries and for the English Language Schools Association as well as other non-profit educational groups. Her work has been shortlisted and nominated for Editorial Prizes in national and international writing competitions. Her books, Write Outside the Lines: A Creativity Catapult and Write a Bad College Essay, Then Write the One That Gets You In, and her novel, Near Misses, are available at the Library.