College admissions expert releases one-of-a-kind book for Latino students on how to “nail” the college essay
GritoBlast! — A 2009 survey by the National Association for College Admission Counseling found that 26 percent of college admissions offices felt the personal essay was of “considerable importance” in deciding whether or not a student was a right fit for their campus. In fact, some colleges take into account the personal essay more than they do a student’s grade point average (GPA).
So “nailing” the personal essay is a must-do for every student who wants to get into their top college choice.
Roxanne Ocampo, better known as Quetzal Mama, knows this better than most. Ocampo is an author, doctoral fellow at the University of California at San Diego and blogger. She runs the non-profit college admissions program, “Quetzal Mama Scholars” for students in San Diego County school districts, and she just released her latest book “Nailed It! Quetzal Mama’s Toolkit for Extraordinary College Essays.”
In this one-of-a-kind book, Quetzal Mama shares her tips, strategies, and secrets to help students nail the college essay. Students will see first-hand examples of how to pick the right prompt, how to effectively market their profile, how best to articulate unique qualities, and how to avoid some common mistakes.
This book is unique compared to other essay writing books for three reasons:
- First, the top-selling books on college essays predominantly feature stories and experiences of middle to high-income students, from privileged backgrounds, who do not belong to an historically underrepresented minority group. 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 isn’t Ocampo’s first book, her others include: Flight of the Quetzal Mama: How to Raise Latino Superstars and Get Them Into the Best Colleges and the upcoming title, “Vuelo de la Mama Quetzal: Cómo Criar Hijos Exitosos (Spring 2015).