Math and I are old Frenemies. We whisper about each other behind each other’s backs– word problems indeed. In this area, it’s hard to talk about my feelings– where they came from, how gendered they might be.
Maybe you can relate, or maybe you can’t; maybe numbers make you feel confident, like whatever is quantifiable is also manageable. Maybe you love equations more than, say, a great burrito. For a moment, I’m looking at the other side of the story.Contiune Reading
My baby just “spoke” her first word– oh the joy and pain of coming into speech! (Buuuuhhhhrrrrrrr, she said, gesturing at our parrots, who weirdly said nothing back.) So this got me thinking about first words in general. And especially the first word of your college essay.Contiune Reading
As a college essay writing coach, I get this question all the time from parents (less so from students, hmmm): when is THE BEST time to start writing the college essay?
My honest answer is: I don’t know. That’s because I believe and have seen that the process is highly individual. February? April? The Summer? Fall? The minute the Common App releases their questions?
My mother has been telling me my entire life, “Education is power.” The first time she brought it up I was but a short little second grader who was scared of her own shadow. Whenever I heard the saying “Books are bombs,” which was ever so often from my reading teacher Ms. Brown, it would send me ducking and heading for cover, sheltering myself under the desk. She explained to me that they weren’t literal bombs, but figurative ones. This only added to my suspicions, that books were bombs that came in many shapes and sizes and were dangerous and could never be trusted.Contiune Reading
The following sample personal essay, “Too Muslim for Violence” was written by Mohamed Morsi, my 7th grade student at The TEAK Fellowship. I am proud to share it with you here– he has exploded into his voice over only 8 weeks in my class, and he has a message for us about individuality and peace. If you think you don’t need to hear it, you’re probably wrong. It’s never too young to start them writing about what they see in the world, and who they might be.Contiune Reading