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Thu, Jun 20


Virtual via Google Meet

Intro to Common App Workshop

Get started on the Common Application, which 1,000+ colleges and universities use for first-year admission. Maximize basic application questions to convey your values and purpose in applying to college. This is Session #1 in the College Application Summer Workshop Series!

Registration closes Jun 18, 2024, 12:00 PM EDT

Intro to Common App Workshop
Intro to Common App Workshop

Time & Location

Jun 20, 2024, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT

Virtual via Google Meet

About the event

In this one-hour, virtual workshop for rising 12th graders, students will learn how to complete basic information sections in the Common Application. Guided by Dr. Jenny Deren, students will also explore their own values and purpose in applying to college, along with strategies for conveying those in their college applications. The session includes instruction, expert tips, and time for individual application work and Q&A. 

Registered participants will receive an email with the Google Meet link and recommended pre-work, including links to written and video material from the AXS Companion to Common App. To maximize participation in the workshop, students should complete pre-work before the session, but this is not required or necessary for attending. Students may use pre-work after the session to complete or expand on session goals.

Session goals:

  • Create a Common App account
  • Complete the Common App basic information sections: Profile, Family, Education, and Testing
  • Explore values and purpose in applying to college and convey them in Common App basic information sections

This is a "pay what you can" workshop, and there is no required fee for attending. Contributions to support workshop development are welcome and appreciated via PayPal at Thank you!

About the College Application Summer Workshop Series:

This five-session series provides instruction, structure, and accountability for rising 12th graders who are applying to college. Each of the first four sessions focuses on important components of the Common Application, which is used by over 1,000 U.S. colleges and universities for first-year admission: 

  1. Introduction to the Common Application 
  2. Common App Activities (choosing activities to include in the application, developing clear and concise activity descriptions)
  3. Personal Essay (examining the role of the personal essay in the college application, generating ideas and beginning a draft)  
  4. Supplemental Essays (exploring common supplemental essay prompts, generating ideas and beginning a draft of one school-specific essay for a college on your list)

The fifth and final Ask Anything session is a "catch all" for lingering application questions and topics not yet addressed, which may include letters of recommendation, admission interviews, application submission, and more, depending on participants' needs and interests.

Registration is required for each session. Attendance at multiple sessions is encouraged but not necessary. 

Questions? Email Jenny at I look forward to hearing from you!

Registration closes Jun 18, 2024, 12:00 PM EDT

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