Who are you?
Who are you?
Think about it – you're a person and a high school student. Translation? You're not just a name on a transcript.
As a high school student, your experiences and accomplishments play a big role in your college application. But they don't tell the whole story.
You'll be tempted to rush through this step, and get on with the essay writing. That's understandable, because the clock is ticking. See what happens when you give yourself the gift of time to explore who you are as a person, first.
Free-writing invites you to access your authentic self, the part of you that is evolving. It takes a leap of faith to go into the unknown – that place where you don’t have everything figured out.
And guess what? Once you give yourself the freedom to explore, you’ll make discoveries that lead to insights. Perspectives. Topics and stories that are meaningful.
Develop a ritual that inspires you to write. Set a timer for 20 minutes, if that helps you focus. Music? That's your call. For some, meditation sets the right mood and allows for introspection. Be kind to yourself, and take care of your mindset!
Step 1 includes several writing exercises for you to work through. The directions and tools for
each assignment are on separate pages so you can focus on one task at a time.
Reflect on Who You Are as a Person
Connect to Your Story
Reflect on Who You Are as a High School Student