The world is upside down as I write this, colleges have no clue when they'll be open, if they'll be "virtual" or "real life," and whether they can command their super-high-premium prices any more.
One, under-discussed element of uncertainty: Class of 2020 kids DEFERRING for a year.
As of the date of writing, there seems to be A TON of chit chat about this year's seniors doing gap years or sitting out. If that happens, what will that mean for 2021 graduates, looking to earn seats at the same colleges?
Next year could be exponentially harder to get in if only a fraction of slots are available. It's incumbent on our kids to put in the EXTRA work to stand out, so that they GET IN.
The 5th annual "Incomparable Applicant" college essays and applications boot camp can help.
Nauseated at the inevitable prospect of screaming at your child all summer (and fall, if you're honest) about doing those d-mn college applications? Don't worry: "Your Kid Is OUR Project, Now!" Here's what you get when you say yes to our 5th annual College Applications and Essays Bootcamp (online):
College essays are more than a grammatically correct A paper. They're different than any form of writing your child has ever attempted. Get expert instruction at what should go into each and every essay that "Sells," and what to leave out! (Hint: think twice about that Coronavirus essay!)
Over the course of the bootcamp session, your child will produce a polished and effective Common Application essay draft, a completed Common Application and Activity Sheet that "sells," not "bores..."and up to three supplemental essays!
WE are the drill sergeant. Not you. Your child will leave the bootcamp with a schedule of what needs to be done, when. (As we went to press, there was a rumor circulating about surprise accountability follow-up calls to your child, post-event.)
There are three core components to our 2020 College Essays and Applications Bootcamps:
We're running four live sessions VIRTUALLY (assuming we can't get back into our office), your child can attend one. They're Sundays, 9am-2pm as follows: 7/12, 7/26 8/16 and 8/30. Registration is first come, first-served (our first session, 7/12 is 50% sold out).
Supplement your live instruction with on-demand access to our "Incomparable Applicant Master Class," a series of videos and expert, "insider" advice about the essays and applications from former admissions officers from U Chicago and other elite institutions. (Not the same old, same old you'd get from an English teacher or tutor with zero experience in college admissions.)
On Wednesday May 13th, 3:00pm EST, we're doing a live, online walk-through of EVERYTHING you need to know about how to get the most out out the boot camps, and create polished, "selling" applications and essays that help you stand out from the other 5,000 competitor-applicants who look virtually the same on paper. Includes Q&A. (Recorded if you can't make it live. :)
This is a WORKshop. Bootcampers will BRAINSTORM, DRAFT AND REDRAFT their essays until their eyeballs bleed! Just kidding about the eyeball stuff, but do NOT enroll if your child is just going to sit there like a lump, unwilling to roll up their sleeves and take care of business. We keep enrollment super-small so that we can give personalized attention to everyone.
Time flies - before you know it, November 1 and other application deadlines will be here. Our Bootcamp could be your child's LAST CHANCE to focus on college applications before they get back to school and wrapped up in regular classwork, clubs, sports, extra-curricular activities, socializing, etc. It's much better for everyone if you take care of this now, instead of stretching things out until Thanksgiving or beyond. Yuck!
"I needed help with my essays and I knew my English teacher would be useless. Thank you!"
"Thank you for your help with everything, especially the applications and essays!"
"Hi Andy, I just wanted to let you know that I was admitted to Stanford REA yesterday. Thanks to you and the rest of the team for all the help so far!"
"...the Cornell admissions person said that this was an incredibly competitive year and their applications really stood out! Guess who made all this possible? We are so grateful to you!"
"I know a lot of college planners who promise results but don't deliver. In your case, I got real results. Other parents thank me for recommending you. "
There's a former Ivy League admissions lady who gets $16,000 for a week-long bootcamp.
Clients pay between $5,000 to more than $20,000 to work personally with Andy and his team. They fork these amounts over unblinkingly because of the RESULTS they achieve - admission to the top colleges in the country, not to mention generous merit scholarships.
These prices aren't within reach of many families, so decided to offer an opportunity to receive the same guidance, but for far less of an investment.
The fee is nowhere near $20,000, $16,000, or even $5,000...
It won't be even half!
Picture how great you'll feel when your child tells you, "I'm done!"...and you didn't have to SCREAM, THREATEN OR EVEN LIFT A FINGER to help! Enroll now while we still have spots (limited to 18 students, contact office for wait list: 516.882.5464
Andy is the best selling author of several books, including "College Essay Insider Secrets") and, along with his wife Pearl Lockwood, co-founder of Lockwood College Prep. Each year he personally mentors select students who gain admission to colleges such as Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, Brown, Dartmouth, Cornell, Duke and numerous other elite and less competitive institutions of higher education.
Where is the bootcamp? Normally, in non-pandemic times, in our office, in charming, coastal Glenwood Landing: 135 Glenwood Road, Glenwood Landing, NY 11547. However, we're assuming that at least some sessions will be online. We're prepared either way, and playing it by ear.
How long is the bootcamp? The sessions run Sundays 9am-2pm. PLUS, you get access to our online "Incomparable Applicant Master Class," consisting of on-demand college essays and applications advice straight from former college admissions officers...PLUS PLUS a live, "Fast Start" online class that takes place in May, date/time TBD (after most kids finish with APs, etc.)
What should my child bring? If we're online, nothing. If live, a laptop and, preferably, an outline or even a draft of the essay.
Can parents come to the bootcamp No way (are you serious?)!
What about lunch? We are serving pizza, soda and drinks...and DELICIOUS snacks! If we ever get back in the office (we're not delivering food).
Can I special order for my kid? No. You may bring your own food, however.
My kid has no idea what to write about for his college essay, is this a waste of money? That's exactly why he should sign up!
My kid isn't motivated to do the work at the bootcamp, can I dump him on you? Please DON'T. Kids need to come with a good attitude, we're running a small, collegial group. One bad apple can run the bunch. This is not the place for whiners or slackers, we are doing WORK.
Do you pro-rate the Bootcamp if we miss part of it? No, but we can work out a private in-office or Zoom session to help make up the lost opportunity.
What is your refund policy? Our refund policy is that there are NO REFUNDS, because this is a teeny-tiny class and the spot you take represents a seat that could have been sold to another family. If a genuine last minute emergency comes up, we MAY, in our discretion, decide to credit you, but you will have to pass our patented BS Detector test. If you have doubts about your child's level of commitment, you should probably take a pass on this offer.