College Application and Essay Writing Seminar

This course will be conducted online, using a distance learning format.

Course Description

This college application and essay-writing seminar is a 4-day class with four sections available for registration. This seminar will guide rising seniors through several types of college applications and the most recent college admissions essays including essays dealing with personal statements, extra-curricular activities and specific topical essays required by select colleges and universities. Students will gain information and practice in writing their own college admissions essays. 

List of 5 items.

  • Grade/Age Level

    Rising 12
  • Dates

    • Section 1: Morning Session, Monday, August 2 – Thursday, August 5 (9:00 a.m - 11:30 a.m.)

    • Section 2: Afternoon Session, Monday, August 2 – Thursday, August 5 (1:00 p.m  - 3:30 p.m.)

    • Section 3: Evening Session, Monday, August 9 – Thursday, August 12 (3:00 p.m - 5:30 p.m.)
  • Cost

  • Location

    Online: ZOOM Video Conferencing
  • Questions?

    Any questions can be directed to Dan Geary at 804-327-3159 or

About the Instructor

Dr. Daniel Geary is Trinity's Director of College Counseling.  For more than two decades, Dr. Geary has helped students envision their full potential. He has been the Director of Guidance and College Counseling at several public and private schools and an administrator in the Chesterfield County Public School System and at John Tyler Community College.  In addition, Geary teaches graduate courses at the University of Richmond including; Advanced Educational Psychology, Human Growth and Development, and Human Resource Development. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin and later received his master’s and PhD from VCU.
For Dr. Geary, the essential element in the college admissions process is allowing each individual to make wise choices based upon their talents, aspirations and unique circumstances. “With parents and students alike, I try to answer questions, reduce anxiety and simplify what can initially seem like an onerous process,” he says. “The greatest factor in college success is choosing a school that is the right fit.”

About the Instructor

Christina Grande has been teaching English at Trinity for 17 years. She has also worked with a variety of students in the Richmond area, helping them to establish strong voices in their personal statements for college. Specifically, Mrs. Grande has been employed by First Choice College Counseling, a company that works one-on-one to help students with all facets of college admission, including SAT Prep, resume writing, and the college application. Additionally, she has conducted essay writing sessions in area schools for the past six years. Passionate about writing, Mrs. Grande is eager to work one-on-one with students to discover how to let their personalities shine through to college admissions.

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