Coed, independent, PK3-12th grade school in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Summer Program: Writing the College Admission Essay

by Natalie Updike, Upper School English Teacher
What images define you? How do you make a positive, fast, first impression?

With volunteer and standardized testing opportunities in flux due to COVID, one particular part of the college application process - the personal statement - will bear more weight toward helping college admissions committees see the fuller, impactful, and unique YOU that you are. This workshop will focus on helping you brainstorm, draft, and revise this important piece of writing to come away with a Common App Personal Statement.

According to Common App, "Each year, more than 1 million students apply to more than 900 Common App member colleges worldwide."* In a week, learn how to make your writing stand out among these 1 million students. Using an individualized approach that considers your learning style and your college ambitions, Upper School English Teacher Natalie Updike will help you develop your college application personal statement from whatever shape it is in currently. 


Celebrate your academic, social, and personal successes through an individual, stylized voice that transcends beyond the page! Available for rising 10-12th graders. June 6-10, 9am-12pm or 1pm-4pm (choose morning or afternoon session, at Shorecrest). Limited virtual option also available. Email for details. $195/week of half day sessions.

Ms. Updike has experience teaching 4 years of junior and senior High School English, 6 years of College English, and 10 years of Writing Studio knowledge.

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Shorecrest Preparatory School

5101 First Street Northeast
St Petersburg, FL 33703
Phone: (727) 522-2111  |  Fax: (727) 527-4191

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Shorecrest Preparatory School is a private, non-sectarian, coeducational, college preparatory day school for students preschool through high school, located in St. Petersburg, Florida.