Students get one shot to tell their story to the admissions readers. Will the student nail it? Or, will the essay be like the majority of essays filtered through admissions: uninspiring, boring, and lackluster? Unfortunately, many students approach their essays unsuccessfully by underselling their story, failing to notice common errors, or missing the mark altogether. Not anymore. In this one-of-a-kind book, Quetzal Mama shares her tips, strategies, and secrets to help students nail the college essay. This book is unique compared to other essay writing books for three reasons. First, this book focuses exclusively on the unique cultural and sociopolitical implications of historically underrepresented students. Second, the content includes culturally-relevant theoretical models. Lastly, students will read actual essays from other students across the US who used Quetzal Mama’s methods to obtain admission to selective colleges like Harvard, Stanford, and Berkeley. This book contains Quetzal Mama’s essay writing expertise gained from working with thousands of high school students over the last five years. Quetzal Mama uses humor to engage students, and writes in a “motherly” tone that “keeps it real.” She gets right to the point, without sugar-coating the realities of selective college admissions.
About the Author: Roxanne Ocampo
Roxanne Ocampo - aka "Quetzal Mama" is the marketing brand and pen name of Roxanne Ocampo. She is an author, public speaker, blogger, and national college admissions expert. She began coaching students after helping her own children earn admission to every Ivy League campus. Practitioner - She has six years of experience coaching thousands of students throughout the US. With more than 75 workshops and webinars spanning the entire spectrum of the college admissions process, she provides strategies to get students on their pathway to college. Her non-profit program “Quetzal Mama Scholars” serves students in eight North San Diego County high school districts. Additionally, she travels throughout the US facilitating College Boot Camps for students in elementary, middle school, and high school. Researcher - She is a Doctoral Candidate at University of California at San Diego, researching “Undermatching” of California, Latina/o, high-performing, low-income, first generation high school students. She holds a Master’s Degree and Bachelor’s Degree in English – where she learned her unique craft of writing. Author - Determined to share her unique strategies and culturally-relevant models, she has written four books for Latino parents and high school students.
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