Writing a college admissions essay is stressful for even the best writer. If you are applying to multiple colleges, the different schools you apply to will ask you for different things. Some schools require a long essay, while others have taken up using small questions for the most creative answers. A college essay is your first impression with the school of your dreams. Follow our seven tips for a college essay that does the trick.
Write an intriguing introduction. The admissions officer likely will not spend hours reading each essay. At best, you have a few minutes of their time. Remember that much like an in-person interview, first impressions count – and stick. Maximize your opportunity to stand out and write an attention-grabbing introduction.
Follow the directions. An admissions officer once told me that they had two initial piles. One for those who did not follow directions, and one for those who did. That way, they had fewer applications to go through.
Use proper grammar. Admissions officers take into account that you are writing from a high school level, but especially if you are applying to a big name school, you are expected to have a high level of grammatical accuracy.
Choose an unexpected topic. Remember that traditional topics are usually written about by close to everyone, so you will have a hard time standing out if you choose a typical topic. Select a subject that sets you apart from the rest and you have a better shot.
Proofread. Even the best writers have editors. This is not something that you want to have just one draft of. Brainstorm, pre-write, write, edit, and re-write. A truly polished final product is what you are looking for.
Don’t forget to Conclude. It may seem unbelievable to you, but it is incredible how many people simply forget the conclusion. Introduction, body, then…nothing. It is so important to end what you have worked on properly.
Utilize professional editing sources. Your mom may be a great editor for your high school essays, but this application essay is too important not to spend money on editing. There are online sources where, for fifty dollars or so, you can have a professionally edited essay that will help you a great deal with voice, tone, transition, punctuation and more.
A good college essay is your ticket to the college you desire and your future career. Make the most of this experience and utilize all the resources you can so you have the best product possible.