• I was able to see what college applications are like. I also got one on one mentorship with that I was able to improve on my essays

    – Reyhan K

  • The program was able to give me a lot of knowledge on college essays and SAT’s. Overall it was great to be together with friends and mentors.

    – Hasan

June 12, 2023

Our annual Essay Bootcamp was held between June 11-12, 2023 at Montclair State University. The Bootcamp prepared current juniors and sophomores for college application process. UpLift Academy is proud of the 30 students who attended this event.

Presenters went over tips and tricks, provided a timeline for the year, guided students on the college search journey, and provided writing guidelines for personal statements at the annual Essay Bootcamp.

Presentation Topics:

  • How the college application process go/ what to expect
  • Financial aid/loan
  • Things I wish I had known when I was a senior
  • How to look for Colleges, different colleges and application methods

Also, students met with mentors from the College Path Mentorship Program who guided them through the college application process.

Components of the Bootcamp


Students engaged in college discussions and informational sessions led by guidance counselors that covered topics like financial aid and the application process.


Students were guided on how to draft their personal essays for college applications and learned tips on how to make themselves stand out.


Students’ essays and college applications were reviewed by guidance counselors during one-on-one sessions throughout the Bootcamp.



Listen to what Muhtasi Rahman had to say about the bootcamp.