Summer Boot Camps with Brainstorm


5 Sessions Of Focus On One Topic: College Essay Prompts

In this five-week, or five-day, virtual one-on-one summer Boot Camp, I work with rising seniors on identifying a Common Application Essay prompt that sparks self-inquiry, a desire to write and, most importantly, contributes to the student’s narrative without repeating the obvious.

If a student is a talented baseball pitcher, thespian or bassoonist, their extracurricular list will convey those passions. The college essay prompts listed on the Common Application website urge students to reveal their character and personality; who’s the applicant and what will they add to the intellectual and social fabric of a campus?

The purpose of the Boot Camp is to apply heat to the student, to create a call-to-action concerning the application process. By responding to the various college essay prompts and exercising a few essay openers, the student usually finds a topic that charms and informs. The goal is to have an initial draft of the Common Application Essay completed by the end of their five-week or five-day Boot Camp.

Boot Camps are comprised of one hour-long Brainstorm and four essay-drafting sessions for a total of five hours of work. The first brainstorming hour is conducted via Zoom with the remaining four hours of essay generation and editing occurring via email. Boot Camps are for rising senior high school students only and are conducted during the months of June, July and August. The fee for a Boot Camp is $950.

Please email me at or call me at 917-863-2424 to discuss your student’s summer schedule and individual needs.

Elizabeth is a member of the National Association of College Admission Counseling and the New York State Association for College Admission Counseling.