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College Application Portfolio Workshop

This is an exciting time. To avoid it becoming an unduly stressful time, participate in some consistent, thoughtful work on your College Application Portfolio. Here’s to a new adventure!

2017 - College Application Portfolio Summer Workshop is in the planning stages, stay tuned for more information - 2016 has been an amazing workshop season. We have worked with students who have stories to share and hope to offer.

For ongoing college application portfolio support, see:

Individual Sessions: If you are interested in individual writing sessions with Melissa contact her at

Individual Sessions

Each session is a week-long, 15-hour workshop with a maximum 5:1 student-teacher ratio.

Dates: TBA

Meeting Times
12:30 am to 3:30-noon, Monday through Friday

Cost: Registery TBA

    • $646.50 includes the 15 hours of small-group instruction and sales tax.

    • If you’d like to register electronically, complete the registration form (not yet available), save it as a pdf, e-mail it to, and use the PayPal option below.
      If you’d like to register by post, complete this registration form, print it, and mail it with the $150 deposit payable to Granada Treehouse Studio at 1846 Granada Avenue, San Diego, California 92102.
      The remaining balance of $496.50, including sales tax, is due on or before the first day of the workshop session you attend.

    • Students must bring their own laptop computer; wifi and printing provided.

    • Additional, individual sessions are $75 per hour; dates and times tbd for further guidance on essays, supplements, and scholarship essays.

  • Workshop payments


    Bring transcript, laptop, Google Drive account; we’ll supply snacks, wi-fi, binder, handouts, and instruction on the topics below. You’ll need to spend 2 or more hours at home each workshop day continuing to write, research, and revise in order to complete these items.*

    Workshop Topics:

    Organizing Google Drive Folder and Documents for College Application Portfolio

    Drafting the Reflective College Admissions Essay

          • Models with commentary and discussion
          • Common Application essay prompts, UC personal statement prompts
          • Brainstorming ideas for your essay(s)
          • Writing workshop time to develop, revise, and refine draft*
          • Conferencing with Melissa

      Drafting the Resume

          • Purposes: letters of recommendation, application activity sections, interviews
          • Models with discussion of structure and content
            • Active verbs; specific, concise details; parallel structure
          • Brainstorming activities for your resume
          • Selecting template or format
          • Drafting the resume*
          • Conferencing with Melissa
          • Revising and editing

      Beginning the Teacher Recommendation Request Packets

          • Reviewing the Common App Teacher Evaluation Form
          • Selecting Teachers
          • Reviewing Courtesy Protocol
          • Creating Request Packets*

      Articulating College Choice Rationales

          • Discerning your own college criteria
          • Exploring with search engines, websites, and campus visits*
          • Articulating your rationales for top 3-5 schools or programs with specific criteria
          • Selecting application form and reviewing information needed
          • Conferencing with Melissa
          • Revising and editing

      Considering Financial Aid Resources with a Brief Introduction

          • Fee Waivers
          • Grants, including a general overview of FAFSA, CSS, Cal Grant
          • Scholarship Sites

      Reserving Your Spot at a 2017 College Application Portfolio Summer Workshop:
      Please contact Melissa at