Darlington School: Summer
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College Essay Writing Camp - Session 1

Where college applicants craft outstanding essays

Don’t begin your senior year with your college essay and supplemental materials looming over you. Instead, write your college essay and supplemental materials this summer, and begin your senior year as stress-free as possible!

During the week-long camp, Jennifer Sikes will help rising Darlington seniors shape their stories into college essays.

By the end of Session 1, students will have written and “workshopped” their primary college essay and will have received detailed feedback on their drafts and for most, will have a finished version of their essay.

By the end of Session 2, students will have most, if not all, of their supplemental materials finished.

Write Your Own Essay:

The week-long intensive writing camp will give students a space to write their own essays while receiving valuable feedback from the instructor.

Review and Polish:

The feedback will move beyond copyediting. Students will be pushed to write unique stories that set them apart from all the other applicants.

Common Questions:

What should I bring on the first day?

Your fully-charged laptop. On the first day, we will work through some idea-generating activities and instruction on how to write a narrative essay.

Will I have homework?

In order to write a sharp essay, you may need to spend some time in between sessions drafting or revising.

What if I’m applying to a school that doesn’t require the Common App?

Most schools require some sort of personal statement, so even if you do not have to write the Common App essay, you will have to write a personal statement. Mrs. Sikes has worked with a number of students who wrote essays for the Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success.

What are students saying about working with Mrs. Sikes on their college essays?

“When I started writing my essay, I didn’t know where to start, but Mrs. Sikes helped me find my voice and tell the story that best embodied who I am. She encouraged me to take directions in my writing that were bold and unique, and ultimately, I not only grew as a writer, but I also gained a stronger understanding of myself.”

-Marissa Joseph, Class of 2019

What are the hours?

We will work each day from 9am-12pm. Coffee and snacks will be provided and are included in the cost of the camp.

What if I’m not in Rome during these sessions?

The course will be offered online as well, so you will be able to access the information and receive feedback from anywhere in the world.

The camp is available to rising seniors at Darlington and is limited to 30 students (20 in person and 10 online).

What if the camp is already full?

Contact Mrs. Sikes directly about working privately with you this summer.

About the Director

Jennifer Sikes joined the English department faculty in 2010. She holds a B.A. in English Education from Shorter College and an M.A. in English from Clemson University. Before coming to Darlington, she was an assistant professor of English and the Writing Center founder and director at Shorter College. She was also named Junior Faculty Teacher of the Year at Shorter in 2009. Since her time at Darlington, she has presented at several conferences throughout the Southeast on her work with design thinking and classroom redesign and was named STAR Teacher for Darlington School, the Rome/Floyd County School Districts, and for Region I. Jennifer also leads college essay writing I-Periods at Darlington from August to December and works with Darlington seniors on their college essays and supplemental materials.

Cost: $300 for one week; $500 for two weeks


College Essay Writing Camp: June 3-7
Supplemental Materials Camp: June 10-14

NOTE: Students must indicate whether they will be participating online or in-person when they email their registration form to Jennifer Sikes.



Jennifer Sikes
(706) 314-3647


June 1 – 5
9 am–noon




Darlington School
1014 Cave Spring Road
Rome, GA 30161