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College Admissions Workshops

Complete College Applications

With A Pro

Welcome! Give your student the assistance they deserve while applying to college this year.  The Admissions Wayfinder offers summer workshops and fall courses to guide your student through the college application process in small group settings.  Don't wait to register as space is limited.

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Registration for 2024 
now open! 

The College Essay Workshop

Recommend for everyone!   Strong writers and those who need help every step of the journey will benefit from this class. 

The "Personal Statement"  Essay can make or break your college application.   As schools lean towards test-optional policies this essay is becoming more important than SAT/ACT scores for some students.  


Stand out from the rest of the crowd by working with a professional to create your own masterpiece.   In this small group workshop ( 5 students max) we will use the Design Thinking model to help students create their own essay that showcases strengths, resilience, growth, and leadership.    


This workshop begins with brainstorming sessions, values exercises,  personal assessments, and inspiring games.  Students will write multiple drafts of the "Personal Statement"required by most colleges.  During this workshop students will receive individual assistance and  revision input.  Depending on writing styles, students will have an essay ready to include in the Common Application by the end of this workshop. 

All sessions taught by Anna Zirkel and include 10 hours of instruction time.   These small group workshops (1-5 students) include personalized attention and take place in downtown Hillsborough, NC.

The Common App Workshop 

Recommended for those who tend to procrastinate or just want guidance in completing the many steps of the Common App and college application process. 

In this workshop students will complete the Common Application from beginning to end.    Students will: 


-Create a college list (reach, possible, likely)

-Research majors, minors, and special programs

-Complete profile, family, activities, education, testing, courses, and grades sections of the application

-Complete FERPA and recommenders section

-Create a brag sheet with personal information which will be sent to recommenders

-Reach out to request recommendations  (email template available if needed)

-Discuss FAFSA and Scholarships

-Create a personalized  timeline with dates and deadlines for submitting applications 


(Please note that essay writing is NOT  part of this workshop-  Please see "Essay Writing Workshops"). 

All sessions taught by Anna Zirkel and include 8 hours of instruction time.  Workshops are taught in  small groups (1-5 students) for personalized attention  and are located in downtown Hillsborough, NC. 

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