Splash Biography



ALEXANDRA STERN, Collaborative editor and historian




Major: Not available.

College/Employer: Not available.

Year of Graduation: G

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

I'm Alex Stern, an experienced collaborative editor and writing instructor. From 2014-2019 I worked as a writing tutor with Stanford's Hume Center for Writing and Speaking and held over 1000 individual appointments. I have also worked as an admissions reader for elite Stanford summer programs and have led this seminar on writing college application essays for a number of Stanford summer programs and for a previous Splash! at Stanford.

I am currently finishing a Ph.D. in History at Stanford and am a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania in 2013. I also run an active freelance business advising college and graduate school applicants.



Past Classes

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X23: Tackling the College Admissions Essay in Rainstorm Spring 2020 (May. 30 - 31, 2020)
Writing a compelling college application essay is both a science and an art. In this seminar we will discuss the main components of the two most common forms of college essay - the Common App essay and the supplementary "Why Us?" essay - what makes a strong answer, and a number of strategies to guide your approach. In addition to sharing and discussing a number of key principles of this very specific genre of writing, we will also take time to examine strong examples and begin outlining potential individual essays with an emphasis on collaborative sharing.