3 Day Virtual Event: July 25 - 27, 2023 -OR- August 8-10, 2023

1:00PM to 4:00PM Eastern Daily

Virtual event to bring clarity, calm and joy to writing college application essays!

With Dr. Pamela Ellis, The Education Doctor®

If you are a rising high school senior in the Class of 2024…

  • Are you feeling overwhelmed by all the essay writing your teen must do for their college applications?
  • Are you questioning whether your teen really knows their personal story and how it impacts their ability to share it in a compelling way?
  • Are you worried that there are things you should be doing NOW to help your teen but you’re not sure what they are or when they should be done?

Then College Apps & Essays Bootcamp is for your teen!

Before starting this essay boostcamp, I didn't know what to write about for my application essay. The boostcamp helped me to think deeply on my experiences to show my true personality in my essays. I would recommend this boostcamp because it is a friendly environment - everyone is supportive and won't judge so I was comfortable sharing my ideas.
Jordan Y
I was nervous to talk about college, because I hadn't thought about the essay portion. After attending the essay boostcamp, I feel more comfortable with the process. I would recommend this bootcamp because it is beneficial to anyone that is stressed out about applying to college.
Myles S
I had no clue about what to write about for my Common Application personal statement. The boostcamp allowed me to get more comfortable with the essay prompts and college admissions in general. As a result of this boostcamp, when looking at different prompts, I will give them all a shot and not rule any out right away.
Fiona H

Why College Apps & Essays Bootcamp?

This family experience includes a
3-day virtual program for teens
and a Parent Night Out on Day 1.

3 Day Virtual Event: July 25-27, 2023
and August 8-10, 2023

Attend the live 3-day course, Parent Night out and senior year Booster session.

There are key benefits for the teen and parents.

For Teens (3 day experience):

  • Experience a unique hands-on approach to writing college essays, based on Dr. Pamela’s high school writing program developed at Stanford University and visits to 500+ college campuses
  • Be part of a supportive, personalized community of kind, like-minded peers 
  • Find your story that will give you the “hook” to write a winning essay
  • Finalize your best fit college list to increase your chances of getting in and getting money
  • Start senior year with a COMPLETED ESSAY!

For Parents (Parents Night Out on Monday, August 7)

  • Increase communication between you and your teen,
  • Foster the process of your student owning this process, shifting into the next stage of their life and developing realistic expectations about college
  • Get your questions answered sooner about financial aid and how to avoid overpaying for college
  • Gain a peace of mind, by having a trusted “third party” expert guide your teen to get done something that they will do less successfully on their own. (You already know that you coaching your teen on how to write their college essays will only lead to arguments and tension in your home.)

Colleges where our recent Bootcamp participants were accepted

Here’s what we will cover during our time together in College Apps & Essays Bootcamp:

 Parent Night Out – Monday, August 7 at 8:30pm ET

    • What to expect during senior year
    • Steps to take to avoid overpaying for college
    • Do’s, don’t’s and must-haves for your teen to get in and get scholarships
    • How to get money even when you make “too much” money

Bootcamp Schedule

Day 1 – 

  • Exploring Who You Are
    • Demystify the Application
    • Overview of college list and how it fits or not
    • Intro – Telling your story

Day 2 – 

  • Discovering Your Voice
    • Write an Activities Resume that highlights your strengths and hides any signs of lack of involvement  
    • Understand the role of recommendations and who should write them
    • Discover what’s your story and how to tell it

Day 3 – 

  • Polishing Your Story
    • Finalize the topic and themes in your application portfolio
    • Reflect on the authenticity and truth in your story, i.e. does this really sound like you?
    • One-to-one session to develop your next-step action plan for the fall   

We will fill in any gaps between where you and your teen are today and where you all  aspire to be in senior year!

Here’s what teens will leave with after their experience at College Apps & Essays Bootcamp:

  • A best-fit college list to apply confidence and assurance to have no regrets about where they should have applied
  • A step-by-step plan for when to apply in senior year and how to tell their story in a compelling way to stand out among thousands of other applicants
  • Comprehensive materials to guide additional essay writing and get through writing anxiety and  mental blocks on what to say
  • More confidence and less stress about college applications once  senior year starts, knowing that they didn’t waste any time during the summer.
  • A completed college application essay to proudly submit in the Fall
What our students say
The boostcamp motivated me a lot, knowing that there were other students learning about the college application process along with me. If I hadn't attended the boostcamp, I honestly would be stuck on what/how to respond to the essay prompts. It also helped me to start writing a draft and to explore the many different topics that I could write about.
Kamieko G
Prepare. Prepare. Prepare. Be ahead of the game. Be yourself in your essays. Those are things that I learned and plan to implement into my college application process.
Khari D
Before I attended the boostcamp, I had lots of concerns: What are the essay prompts comprised of? What do I need to know to complete them? How will the CommonApp be factored into my applications? After attending the boostcamp, I now have a more pointed idea of how to write my essays, and I can confidently go about writing my essay.
Delsen F
What our parents say
Working with Dr. Pamela helped our son to organize his essay-related tasks, and allowed him to take responsibility for his deadlines. Introspection is not always easy for a teenager, and we were very happy about how well his essays reflected his personality. He wrote on topics that meant something to him, allowing his voice to be heard and his viewpoints to be clearly expressed. Thanks again!
Sue and Jeff W
At a time when the college selection process is extremely demanding and can be very stressful for everyone involved, it is refreshing to have a guide who knows the ropes and brings a personal touch to the process.
Carmen and Ira W
Carmen and Ira W
Proud Parents
Dr. Ellis’ College Essay Workshop is a great stepping stone to the admissions process. The skills and tips she provides allowed our son to prepare his essays with confidence.
Patti B

3 Day Virtual Event: July 25-27 and Aug 8-10, 2023

Attend the live 3-day course, Parent Night out and senior year Booster session.

This virtual event College Apps & Essays Bootcamp is for your family if…

  • You are the parent of a college-bound junior and you know you want to get your teen to the best college for them
  • You value the relationship with your teen and don’t want to waste their final year at home arguing over college applications and writing essays
  • You want to avoid the future regret of second guessing yourself on whether you are shortchanging your teen’s future success by playing their college coach during such hyper-competitive times
  • Your teen does not really know their own story and how it stands out among the thousands of other students that will be applying to the same colleges
  • The application process is far different than even five years ago, and you are not familiar. Believe it or not, many colleges place significant weight on the quality of the applicant’s essays. 
  • You know this is one time when you can’t do it for them. In fact, if parents write the application essays for their teen, it will jeopardize ANY chance of their teen getting in and even getting money for college.

This Bootcamp will put your teen ahead in senior year.

Join other creative, innovative and enterprising families like yours and see the difference knowledge and planning will make now and in the future.

Topics We’ll Cover

Here’s what you’ll learn

Important deadlines you can’t afford to miss

#1 essay strategy for selective colleges

How essays lead to more scholarship money

What is the #1 skill your teen needs for overcoming writing anxiety

Which major(s) makes sense for your teen

3 Day Virtual Event: July 25-27 and Aug 8-10, 2023

Attend the live 3-day course, Parent Night out and senior year Booster session.

Still Undecided?

Fill out the form below and a member of our team will contact you to help you decide if this is the right next step for you to help your teen get ready for college.

Allow me to introduce myself…

Meet Dr. Pamela Ellis, The Education Doctor®

I’m Dr. Pamela Ellis, an award-winning college advisor and author who’s visited over 500 campuses.

After finishing my BA degree at Stanford, I earned an MBA from Dartmouth and received my PhD from the Stanford University School of Education. I’m a mom of three – two boys and a girl. My oldest attended Georgetown. My middle son attends Stanford and I have a daughter at Oberlin so I’ve been through this process with my own children along with hundreds of teens like yours.

Over the past five years, 95% of my clients have been admitted to their top choice colleges and they’ve received an average of $75,000 in scholarships.

 Reduce anxiety, increase communication between you and your teen, develop realistic expectations about college and foster the process of your teen shifting into the next stage of their life.