YOUR COLLEGE APPLICATION ESSAYS ARE AN OPPORTUNITY. DON'T MISS IT.
ESSENCE & IMPORTANCE
Topics students often choose (and that's fine!)
- The key is not how common a topic is. It's how you personalize it. Colleges get anywhere from 40,000-75,000 applications every year.
- Don't trivialize misdemeanors.
- Don't wait till the last minute to work on your essay. Take time to draft so that your voice shines through.
- Essays could be tie-breakers between students with similar academic records.
- If you used the same essay in another application, don't forget to change the school name.
- Don't digress from the prompt.
- By the time you get to your essay, your academic numbers are usually set and cannot be controlled. So take charge of your essay.
- Try to connect your experiences to chosen career paths.
- Don't cut random lines just to pull the essay to within given word limit. Reformat instead.
- Say something that the rest of your application has not already said.
- Don't rant about colleges, especially the one you're applying to.
- Even the best essay cannot compensate for below par academic credentials.
- Avoid too many graphic details.
- Do not justify poor academic scores in your essay.
- Make sure your essay tells the admission officer you're going to be an asset on campus.
- Proof read every essay. Admission officers have often found incomplete essays (copy-paste error?).
- Politics might not the best topic to indulge in, unless its your area to showcase having, say, interned for a renowned newspaper.
- Don't present a self-centered you. Colleges like team players.