With the application pool for entrance into a top-rated school becoming more and more competitive, it is important to make your application stand out above all others. After you narrow down your list of colleges that you wish to attend, it is time to think deeply about both the colleges themselves and yourself. Your personal essay is the part of the application where you get to put your own personal stamp on it. Obviously, grades, extracurricular activities, and test scores are vital in the admissions process, but colleges weigh your essay and recommendations with equal importance, especially when comparing candidates whose other qualifications are very similar.
The prospect of writing such an important essay on an often vague topic (e.g. Tell us why you should be accepted into our university) can initially seem incredibly intimidating. However, with a little bit of thought and a basic formula, you will easily be able to write a top-notch essay that will be instrumental towards getting you into your top schools.
The most important aspect of the college entrance essay is making sure that, if the question includes several different parts, you ensure each and every one. Though some parts of the question might be harder to right about or seem less relevant to your life than others, admissions officers are looking to see if you can follow simple directions.
Additionally, a question with multiple parts will make your life that much easier as you will already have a basic outline for your essay. If the question is vague, and simply asks you to talk about yourself, it is important to create you own outline before writing. A good college entrance essay will include aspects about your past (like your background and any particular experiences that have shaped you), your present (what you are focusing on in school now, your extracurricular or volunteer activities, etc), and your future (why do want to attend the school you are applying to, what programs available are you particularly interested in, and where do you see yourself in the future).
Always keep a positive attitude about yourself and your experiences in your essay. If something negative in your life happened that you deem noteworthy, do not focus on how bad the event was, but instead try to elaborate on how the experience made you a better person and prepared you for the rest of your life.
Though the college entrance essay can seem intimidating at first, a little bit of thought and preparation will help you write a perfect essay and get you into the school of your choice.
- • name two ways that the writing process for essays and research papers is similar