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College Reps Show CCHS Seniors the "Write Stuff" When it Comes to Essays

College Reps Show CCHS Seniors the "Write Stuff" When it Comes to Essays

For the second consecutive year, a unique program dubbed the “Write Stuff” offered over 120 Central Catholic seniors the rare opportunity to have their college essays reviewed by professional college representatives before students submit applications to their dream schools.

Adrian Sucui, a senior at Central Catholic who plans on applying to over 10 colleges and universities, found the “Write Stuff” event incredibly useful. “It was great to sit and talk directly with an admissions officer who can give me very specific insights on points they look for in an essay. I received great feedback about organizing information and focusing on personal strengths. After going through this process, I can take my next step in preparing my final draft for submission.”

Representatives from approximately 14 college and universities traveled to the CCHS campus from as far as Virginia for the event, including College of the Holy Cross, George Mason University, University of New Hampshire, and Johns Hopkins University.

“These college representatives read a considerable variety of essays every day for a living,” said Kevin McCarthy, Director of School and College Counseling for Central Catholic. “They are seasoned experts on what constitutes an impactful college essay and our seniors are on the receiving end of that knowledge.”

During this four-hour event, each student had conversational meetings with an assigned college representative - their essays were read on the spot and they were provided constructive feedback. The discussions went beyond grammatical and touched more upon topic selection and how the student can incorporate improvements to make the essay more compelling - turning a 2D essay into a 3D submission.

The “Write Stuff” event took place in the Richard Cardinal Cushing Library and Media Center on the Central Catholic campus on Wednesday, October 10, 2018.

Participating institutions included:

  • Anna Maria College,
  • Brandeis University,
  • Bryant University,
  • Endicott College,
  • George Mason University,
  • College of the Holy Cross,
  • Johns Hopkins University,
  • Merrimack College,
  • University of Massachusetts - Lowell,
  • University of New Hampshire,
  • St. Anselm College,
  • Salve Regina University,
  • Suffolk University,
  • Western New England University.

Thank you to all of the college admissions professionals for sharing their time and wisdom with our students!

Central Catholic High School
A College Preparatory High School of Excellence in the Marist Tradition

Founded by the Marist Brothers in the heart of Lawrence, Massachusetts in 1935, Central Catholic High School enrolls 1,200 students from over 60 cities and towns and several countries. Students come from diverse backgrounds to form a caring community of faith, learning, and service. They advance to college in overwhelming numbers (nearly 100%) and move on to successful careers and positions of leadership in government, business, industry, academia, and professions.

Central Catholic High School is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

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