The College Essay
The college essay is your chance to use your voice to add to your college application. Many colleges require the essay as a way to hear from the student directly and to get a sense of who you are in your own words. It's a great opportunity to personalize your application beyond the grades, scores, and other information you've provided and can make a difference at decision time.
EIGHT KEY POINTS Admission Officers look for:
- A command of the basics of good writing
- A direct answer to the essay question
- A strong opening paragraph that captures the reader's interest
- A comprehensive argument or narrative -- make your point and stick to it
- A style that is comfortable for you and that is appropriate for the subject matter
- Correct grammar, punctuation and spelling
- Correct data -- check your facts, dates and names
- Succinctness -- pay attention to the recommended length
Make It Personal:
Often you will be asked to write about a personal experience, an achievement, or a person who has been significant to you. Go beyond the what or the who and dig into the how and why. If you write about a trip or event, describe how this experience affected you and is meaningful to you. If you are writing about a person in your life, be personal and specific, not just sentimental. Explain how or what this person did for you that is important.
Things To Keep In Mind:
Revise, revise, revise! Show, don't tell. Be authentic. Just get started!