Director of College Counseling, The Edmund Burke School
Jerome A. Cole, M.A., is the Director of College Counseling for the Edmund Burke school in Washington, D.C. and the founder of Cole Educational Consulting Services (Cole ECS.) He has worked with students and families for over seven years to help them plan and strategize for college. As a college counselor at Burke, an independent college preparatory high school founded in 1968, Mr. Cole oversees a program that is designed to support students and families as they go through the selection and admission process for college. Mr. Cole advises over 100 students each year in a small academically challenging environment where every senior is expected to apply to and enroll in college. Prior to Burke, he was a school counselor at Bethesda-Chevy Chase high school in Montgomery County, Maryland. He has successfully counseled hundreds of students and helped them prepare for admission to a variety of schools such as: American University, Clark-Atlanta University, Davidson College, George Washington University, Harvard University, Pitzer College, Stanford University, Temple University, and the University of Maryland at College Park, to highlight just a few. He established the consulting firm Cole ECS to provide students and families with the necessary information and support to make the best choice for college. Cole ECS defines the best choice as the optimal learning and social environment to ensure a student’s holistic success, culminating in on-time or early graduation and desirable post-graduate options. Mr. Cole earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Catholic University, and then went on to obtain a Master of Arts in Education and Human Development from George Washington University. He is certified as a school counselor and is a member of the National Association of College Admissions Counselors (NACAC).
What are some good essay topics?
College counselor Jerome A. Cole, MA discusses good essay topics for your college application, including topics that you feel passionate about.
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Speaker: What are some good essay topics?
Jerome Cole: I think the best essay topics are the ones that you feel passionate about, the ones that speak to you. There are some -- would be very easy to identify two or three good topics, what you did over the summer; a challenge that you had overcome in your life. Those are all appropriate topics to choose, but the thing that you have to keep in mind is you want to talk about yourself; not so much of the experience, but about you and what impact did it had and how it changed, how it moves you and that is what the college is really looking for. They want to learn about you, they do not want to learn so much about what you did when you went to so and so, so and so place and did this; they want to know about you as a person. So that has to be in the forefront of your mind. The topic, the best topic is the one that you see everyday when you get up in the morning and you go in bed, when you look in the mirror, it's you. So, talk about you.