College Essay Boot Camp
"Creation is in part merely the business of forgoing the great and small distractions."
You're going to have to apply to colleges anyway. You might as well learn something about yourself while you're at it. Let's go.
Dr. Pat Wilk spent most of her career as a high school writing teacher at Paramus High School in Paramus, New Jersey. She earned an Ed. D. in English Education, with a concentration in the teaching of writing, from Teachers’ College, Columbia University, in 1996.
In 2005 she was one of 15 teachers chosen to participate in a summer reading and creative writing seminar at The New York Public Library’s Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. In 2004, she wrote a grant for a research project pairing experienced mentor teachers with new teachers, and received funding through Montclair State University and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. In 2003, she was awarded a full-tuition scholarship by the Dodge Foundation for a poetry workshop at the Fine Arts Work Center, a writer’s community in Provincetown, Massachusetts. In 2002, she was chosen by the Paramus school district to receive the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching at the high school level.
She has worked as a newspaper reporter, written a nonfiction how-to book about antique cars, published some poetry, and taught both undergraduate and graduate courses at the college level. She has more than 25 years of teaching experience.
Mostly, she’s been working with high school kids on improving their writing. Every year, dozens of students came to her scared, stuck, angry, or blank, and asked for college essay help. They all left happy. They got into great colleges, they were proud of their essays, and they learned something about writing.
College Essay Boot Camp began as a suggestion from Paramus High School students who were coming back after school every afternoon to work on their essays. In 2008, College Essay Boot Camp LLC was created. Dr. Wilk hired one of her most tech-savy students to design the first web site. The boot camp logo was sketched by an art student. A photography student shot the first images.
Now Dr. Wilk no longer teaches full time. She lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts, in a house a couple of blocks from the edge of the Williams College campus. She has two miniature dachshunds, five chickens named after famous women, and a large raised-bed vegetable garden. She is working on her own writing, and growing CEBC.
Dr. Wilk personally teaches every College Essay Boot Camp workshop.