APPLY NOW!™ Essay Boot Camp

APPLY NOW! Essay Boot Camps are a great way for 12th graders to get a head start on college admissions essays. These fast-paced, small-group sessions (offered in person or live online) are typically held several times during the summer and early fall. During the boot camp (3 days, two hours per day) our college counseling team will guide students through the development of a college essay/personal statement, which can be used or adapted for college admissions.   

APPLY NOW! Essay Boot Camp students will learn about the following: 

  • the importance of clear, concise, and engaging writing 
  • common writing mistakes and how to avoid them 
  • writing an effective and engaging personal statement that can be submitted to colleges. 
  • brainstorming essay topics, including how to think about what makes them unique 
  • choosing a topic that they are passionate about 
  • researching to gather specific examples to support their claims 
  • how supplemental essays differ from the personal statement and how to approach writing them 
  • brainstorming ideas for supplemental essays 

Please note: Your non-refundable payment is required to reserve your spot. Students must attend all three sessions. No makeup dates or transfers to other sessions are available. A laptop computer is required for participation. 

In-Person Sessions:  Sessions will be held at one (or more) of our four campuses located in Dallas-Fort Worth: Frisco, Plano, Coppell, and Flower Mound. 

Live-Online Sessions: These sessions will be hosted in a secure Zoom meeting room. Students will have individual conferences with college counseling team members to discuss their work using virtual breakout rooms. 

Let’s take a look at the sessions that are currently available. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today! 

Apply Now Boot Camp Schedule

SESSION 1: Online CLOSED

2:00 – 4:00 pm
Saturday, May 25
Wednesday, May 29
Saturday, June 1

SESSION 2: Online CLOSED

2:00 – 4:00 pm
Tuesday, June 4
Friday, June 7
Tuesday, June 11

SESSION 3: Online CLOSED

12:00 – 2:00 pm
Saturday, June 8
Saturday, June 15
Saturday, June 22

SESSION 4: Frisco Campus CLOSED

4:00 – 6:00 pm
Thursday, June 13
Monday, June 17
Thursday, June 20

SESSION 5: Online

2:00 – 4:00 pm
Monday, June 24
Wednesday, June 26
Saturday, June 29

SESSION 6: Online

2:00 – 4:00 pm
Tuesday, July 9
Friday, July 12
Tuesday, July 16

SESSION 7: Plano Campus

6:30 – 8:30 pm
Tuesday, July 16
Tuesday, July 23
Tuesday, July 30

SESSION 8: Coppell Campus

4:00 – 6:00 pm
Thursday, July 18
Monday, July 22
Thursday, July 25

SESSION 9: Online

2:00 – 4:00 pm
Saturday, July 27
Wednesday, July 31
Saturday, August 3

What payment options are available? 

Pay in full:  $799 

Please note: Your non-refundable payment is required to reserve your spot. A laptop computer (with charger) and flash drive are required for participation. 

We accept cash, check or credit card (Mastercard, Visa, American Express, and Discover). 

PROGRAM FEES

$799

STUDENT AND PARENT EXPECTATIONS 

  • Sessions are student-only events. 
  • Sessions are limited to 15 students. 
  • Payment is required to reserve your seat. 
  • Payments are non-refundable. 
  • Students will need to complete 1 – 2 hours worth of pre-work before the first meeting.
  • Students must attend each day of their session. 
  • No makeup dates or transfers to other sessions are available. 
  • Students must provide their own laptop and USB flash drive. 
  • Students must have good writing skills. 
  • Students must work well with strict time constraints. 
  • Students may need to further develop their essays to achieve a final draft. 

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"My initial goals when I first started working with the KD Counseling crew was to compile a list of colleges that I would be somewhat interested in attending and fit my career goals. I think that this step I was by far the most concerned about. I didn’t know how exactly I should go about choosing which places to apply to and if I were to be accepted, if they would fit me. The team did a wonderful job considering my likes and dislikes and helped me compile a list of colleges that suited my tastes and would further my academic career. "After this integral first step, my focus turned towards time management and writing quality essays that would stand out to colleges. I got... Read more...
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