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College Kickstart

Class of 2024, register for College Kickstart and get a head start on your college applications!

Rising seniors, don’t miss out on this productive and helpful Carondelet tradition! During College Kickstart, the college counseling team will help you get started on your college applications and guide you through writing your college essay and UC Personal Insight Questions—from brainstorming and choosing a topic to writing your first draft. Plus, college admissions officers will read your college essays and give you feedback.

Come prepared to work hard and leave feeling accomplished with a draft of your college essay in-hand.

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College Kickstart 2023

Part 1: Getting Started (June 1, 2, 5, & 6)

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
In person at the Garaventa Center 
Cost: $40

Part 2: Next Steps (August 14)

1:00 - 4:00 PM 
In person at the Garaventa Center
Cost: $20

Part 3: UC Personal Insight Questions and Application Workshop (August 15)

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Virtual via Zoom
Cost: Free

If the cost of attending is a barrier for your family, please contact your college counselor about a discount.

Expectations

Students should come prepared to focus and work hard. They should expect to work at a fast pace and have homework every evening. This is a college application “bootcamp”—the more work students put into it, the more they will get out of it.

Students who register for Kickstart are expected to attend every day, and we strongly encourage students to attend all three parts of the program.

Registration 

The deadline to register is May 15.

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Part 1: Getting Started (June 1, 2, 5, & 6)

Agenda
  • Writing the college essay - from brainstorming and choosing a topic to composing your first draft

  • Getting organized for the college application experience

  • Helping teachers write the best recommendation letters

  • Filling out the Common Application, a step by step guide

On June 6, students will share their essay drafts with college admissions officers who will give them feedback and guidance about how to move forward with their next drafts.

Details

Cost of attendance: $40

Deadline to register: May 15

 

Part 2: Next Steps (August 14)

Agenda
  • Writing effective responses to supplemental essay questions - what are colleges really asking and how can you work smarter, not harder
  • Acing the college interview
Details

Cost of attendance: $20

Deadline to register: May 15

 

Part 3: UC Personal Insight Questions and Application Workshop (August 15)

Agenda
  • Filling out the UC application, a step by step guide
  • Answering the UC Personal Insight Questions - learn how to write concise, effective responses

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Testimonials

Last year, 150 members of the class of 2023 attended Kickstart. Here’s what a few had to say about the program:

“I liked talking about how they review essays and activities list as a reflection of who you are as a person, so that I could see that they are looking for more than a good gpa.”

“The college reps reading our essays were so incredibly helpful. Best part of the week.”

“I really was impressed by the positive feedback I received from the two college reps I met with. Just by expanding my mind and imagination, I was able to take a simple story and turn it into something unique.”

“Overall, this program was so worth it.”

Contact Details

Michelle San Miguel
College & Career Assistant
925-686-5353 x376
collegecareer@carondeleths.org

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