Set against the backdrop of the astoundingly beautiful and culturally distinctive island of Hawai'i, Nalukai Academy's Storycrafting Camp for College Applicants provides guidance, inspiration, and opportunities for self-reflection and daily writing practice. As part of a motivated and inquisitive cohort of 28 young scholars, participants will steep themselves in the Hawaiian tradition of compelling storytelling, and along the way meet with prominent college counselors and an admission dean from a leading university.
Utilizing group activities and adventures that promote wonder, engagement, self-reflection, challenge, and fun, students will have the chance to compose, edit, revise, share, and finalize application essays in an exciting and inspirational setting. In addition, students will have ongoing meetings with experienced college counselors to compile a personalized and well-balanced list of colleges to which to apply, to review ongoing essay drafts, to discuss college interviews, and to devise strategies to convey interest to the colleges to which they will apply.
The program is designed to clarify the college application process broadly and how to thrive and grow within it. We aim to help students build confidence in themselves that will serve them in the college application process and beyond.
Much more than a workshop for college essay writing, Nalukai Academy's Storycrafting Camp for College Applicants offers intensive experiences that help participants understand their own uniqueness, strengths, and challenges as they prepare for the exciting next chapter in their academic and personal journeys. Enhancing formal writing practice and team-building activities, participants will explore the culturally and environmentally rich setting of Hawai'i. Swimming with sea turtles, hiking into remote valleys, working in a traditional taro patch, and visiting Volcano National Park are some of the planned excursions. The cohort will experience some of the Big Island's most inspiring natural resources and customs with guides who exemplify the welcoming aloha spirit. And so this is an exploration of self, culture, community, environment, story telling, and written expression. Discovering their own distinctiveness through exploring Hawai'i's rich natural and cultural resources alongside other young scholars allows students to develop self-reflectiveness, team building skills, insights, and confidence that will serve them in the college application process and in college.
As participants explore the inspiring Big Island of Hawai'i, and interact with compelling story tellers, they are guided to discover and craft their own stories. Utilizing team building activities, and writing techniques, students will reflect deeply on the places they explore and the people they meet, while also investigating and sharing their own narratives from home--those experiences that have led them to where they are as scholars, family members, friends, teammates, aspiring college students, and human beings. Within a community of inquisitive and adventurous students, participants will learn to craft their observations, experiences, and ambitions into compelling and unique personal essays.
Expert writing instructors teach students the fundamentals of personal statement writing and guide them through the writing process. Participants learn to express their self-awareness, imagination, curiosity, and ambitions in ways that make them attractive candidates to selective colleges. Students learn how to choose a topic, develop ideas, edit for content and style, and avoid common pitfalls that weaken an applicant’s chances of admission. Students will have the opportunity to leave the program with two to three different personal statement essays that are ready or nearly ready for submission as part of their college applications.
In addition to expert writing instructors, three talented college counselors will be part of the camp faculty and will meet one-on-one with each student to help them customize a list of colleges to apply to, and map out an application timeline for the semester. Towards the end of the program, a College Dean of Admission will work with students to enhance their understanding of the college admission process. College-aged team leaders also provide guidance and experience as students begin to imagine life as a successful college student.
Nalukai Academy's Storycrafting Camp for College Applicants is staffed by a Program Director, Writing Instructors, College Counselors, and College-Aged Team Leaders.
With over 25 years of experience in schools as a teacher, coach, academic dean, assistant head of school, and college counselor, David brings a wealth of knowledge to the Storycrafting Camp. Since beginning as a teacher and college counselor at the Parker School in Waimea, David has helped over a thousand students successfully apply to college, and is well-versed in personal essay writing. He grew up in Hawai'i and loves to show people what makes the Big Island so spectacular. David is a graduate of Punahou School and the University of Southern California. He earned a Master's degree at Teachers College, Columbia University in Educational Administration. Before returning to Hawai'i to develop a new semester-away school, he worked as the director of college counseling at The Winsor School in Boston, the director of college counseling and the academic dean at Buckingham, Browne & Nichols School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and a college counselor, and English teacher at the Menlo School in Northern California.
A graduate of Parker School in Waimea, Hawaii, the University of Hawai'i at Manoa in Hawaiian Studies, and a teacher and college counselor at Kanu o ka ʻĀina Public Charter School, Kanoa brings exceptional experience to Nalukai's Storycrafting Camp. In addition to leading students on cultural expeditions on the Big Island, he has been an instrumental part of a series of community art and culture projects, documented in the film Mele Murals, which is currently making the film festival circuit.
Mark Ley has been an active facilitator for the last 15 years with expertise in traditional training environments and outdoor experiential learning. In addition to facilitation he also helps businesses, artists, and entrepreneurs with marketing and digital branding strategies, and works as a professional photographer. Mark has worked extensively in the human development field as an international program facilitator and experiential education leader. Providing opportunities for people to pursue their aspirations has been the hallmark of Mark’s approach to the numerous projects he has been involved with. Though he grew up in the town of Waimea on the Big Island, he currently resides in Carlsbad, California with his wife and twelve year old daughter.
Leslie is an educator who is passionate about experiential teaching. Her 25+ years of experience have included teaching various levels of science, student advising, faculty mentoring, developing curriculum, working as a camp counselor, and directing/leading the Middle School Division at The Winsor School in Boston. She has always focused on guiding young people through self-discovery and finding opportunities to unlock their potential.
Here are the details about Nalukai Academy's Storycrafting Camp for College Appicants:
The Cost of attendance is $4000, which covers all instruction, materials, entrance fees, room and board at Hawai'i Preparatory Academy, and any additional "on-island" expenses affiliated with the camp. Transportation to the Big Island of Hawai'i is not included in the cost. Limited financial aid may be available.
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Please fill out the application form below. Admission decisions will be communicated by May 1, 2017.
65-1158 Mamalahoa Highway, Suite 8A #103
Kamuela, HI, 96743