I'm writing this for all the exhausted educators out there who needed ChatGPT's release like they need a burst pipe or an icy road. I write this for teachers wondering whether essay prompts they've worked hard to design--are designing right now on their holiday break--have a … [Read more...] about What ChatGPT means for us non-machines
If ever go looking for my heart's desire again, I won't look any further than my own backyard... - Dorothy, The Wizard of Oz The college essay has more in common with The Wizard of Oz than the traditional academic essay. That's because a great personal statement is … [Read more...] about Follow Your Heart in the College Essay
This is my wonderful dad, Steve Fairchild. He is 81. He is energy, curiosity, and exploration incarnate. So he loves the full-coverage Australian walking hat my sister got him for Father's Day. It's a key accessory for his daily strides around the neighborhood. My dad … [Read more...] about What Dads Can Teach Us About the College Essay
Do you need someone to take a look at a few college application essays? Do you have a short amount of time? The Draft Review plan is for students who are strong writers and committed to revision. You might also be seeking a low-cost, high-engagement, short-term editorial … [Read more...] about What We Can Do in a Draft Review!
Students and parents come to me with big worries started by well-meaning comments from various experts. Students and parents are worried that the topic they've chosen for an important college essay is somehow boring, typical, or wrong. Here's what they've heard: "Don't … [Read more...] about “You can’t write about that.” Actually, you can.
Encouragement Is Key When I see a certain skill strength, we capitalize on that, and we note that this skill set works. I know how essential encouragement is. I learned this from years of coaching high school students, years of receiving feedback from literary agents, … [Read more...] about What’s Different About Success Story?