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Sun, Sep 10


For Class of '24

Main Essay Lab (for Class of '24)

Sunday, September 10, 2023 from 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM CST | Presenters: Bonnie Kleffman, M.Ed., GCDF

Main Essay Lab (for Class of '24)
Main Essay Lab (for Class of '24)

Date & Time

Sep 10, 2023, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM CDT

For Class of '24

About the Event

***Exclusively for Access College America scholars***

Crafting a competitive main essay (aka: the personal statement) is arguably one of the hardest parts of the college application experience. The stakes are high as this essay will be read by every single college you apply to. Ideas should be mapped out strategically and with intention.

This lab provides insight into what colleges are looking for in a main essay. Presenters will guide all scholars through exercises designed for self-reflection which is vital to the writing experience. A discussion on the four cornerstones to a great college essay will be conducted and attendees are expected to show up with all pre-requisites completed.  The scholar should leave this lab with their Topic and an Outline of their Main Essay.


  • 2 Pens
  • highlighter(s)
  • notebook for taking notes
  • 3-to-5 blank sheets of paper

Be Advised:

  • This is a hands-on working lab with camera & audio on. Participation is required for all attendees.
  • We suggest water & snacks readily available.
  • Plan to be in a quiet location suitable for brainstorming activities and writing.
  • You MUST be at a desk and in front of a computer (no phones allowed).


Bonnie Kleffman, M.Ed, GCDF

College Consultant Director

Access College America

Bonnie is a globally certified Career Development Facilitator who holds a Masters in Education and English. She has worked with students of all ages and backgrounds, and has a passion for helping students find careers that they love and the educational paths to get them there. She is the Associate College Consultant for Access College America, a national provider for guidance with college planning based in Austin, Texas.

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