College Essay Boot Camp is one of the most popular camps ThreeSixty Journalism offers. From June 14 – 17, 20 students wrote college essays virtually with the help of 28 volunteers during ThreeSixty’s first week of summer camp. Volunteers from organizations such as the University of St. Thomas, the Minneapolis NAACP and Racial Reckoning: The Arc of Justice answered ThreeSixty’s call for writing coaches and editors.
This Boot Camp was in partnership with Girls Inc. Eureka!, a program of the YWCA that encouraging girls to pursue careers in STEM. Students crafted essays for college and scholarship applications over the course of four days. Every student completed their essay.
Here is what students had to say about their experience at College Essay Boot Camp:
- “I really feel that I benefited from the help of my writing coach and editor. Their insight and feedback helped shape my essay and made me confident in telling my story.” (Evan Odegard, Nova Classical Academy)
- “I really enjoyed working with my writing coach. She provided me with amazing tips on how to create a more engaging essay while keeping up with an appropriate word count.” (Yasmin Abdurahman, Rosemount Senior High School)
- “My editor was so amazing! She helped me get through the writing and editing process. I seriously don’t know where I’d be without her. She was so nice and caring.” (Adam Gips, St. Louis Park High School)
Volunteers also had a great experience at camp. Here is what they had to say:
- “ThreeSixty is a remarkable organization. Through an artful combination of encouragement, pushing limits, and leverage of student interests, ThreeSixty gets the best possible work for every student, whatever place each student is beginning from. It’s good to be part of that ” (Joe Pastoor, Edina Public Schools).
- “I think ThreeSixty did a phenomenal job! They were always quick to respond, even when things came up suddenly. I appreciate that a lot and the understanding too” (Knaunong Xiong, Augsburg University).
- “I was so impressed with all the people involved and the smooth process.” (Deborah Malmo, Padilla).
These college essays will be published on ThreeSixty’s website and in ThreeSixty’s magazine.