How does Story To College work with schools?
Numerous schools include information about Story To College services in their guidance office and online newsletters. Some schools refer to Story To College students who are having a rough time – perhaps they are having trouble getting started on their essays, or trouble finishing them, or they need help working with the complexities in their school record. And others offer Story To College workshops for their students as part of their overall college advising program. If you have other ideas, please contact Jack Scotti, MSEd, Director of Strategic Partnerships (Scotti.Jack@StoryToCollege.com; (646)503-4861).
We already spend a lot of time in English classes working on students’ application essays. How else can Story To College help our students?
Our Daily Prompts help students to discover surprising topics for their essays and to begin the process of excavating the small details that build into powerful essays. Our online content provides students with an 18-month calendar to manage their admission process, as well as exercises to support and enhance the work they are doing with their English teachers and guidance counselors.
Our brains are hard-wired for storytelling. Long after we’ve forgotten facts and figures, we remember stories. That’s why corporate executives and community organizers lead with stories. That’s why storytelling serves as the foundation of successful college applications and interviews. That’s why Story To College uses a proven storytelling methodology to help students reduce stress, conquer the college application process, and have fun!
Oral storytelling is a critical life skill and attribute of leadership (Peter Guber, Tell to Win, 2011) and increasingly important for success in education, business and life (Daniel Pink, A Whole New Mind, 2006). Most high school students struggle to speak and write in their own voice. Parents describe their children’s – and their own – frustration completing college application essays.
Story To College uses oral storytelling to help high school juniors and seniors break down “the wall” many of them describe between their life experience and their college application essays, teaching tools, and techniques that generate successful essays, interviews, and financial aid applications.