Most of your college application consists of numbers which could be standardized test scores, gpa, and class rank. Only through the essays and your extracurriculars can you express yourself and reveal things not elsewhere in the application. Here you will find some tips that will allow you to make a compelling essay for your college application.
Stay True to Yourself
The point of your essay is to express your personality and let admission officers know as much about you.
One thing to keep in mind is that you shouldn’t try to impress your reader with advanced vocabulary or phrases that aren’t part of your normal vocabulary or use the thesaurus to find words to sound better that make the essay seem unnatural.
Be careful with the words you use and try not to over exaggerate. Use phrases that show your inner voice and showcase as much as of your personality as possible. All in all, don’t pretend to be someone you’re not.
Open up your essay with an engaging anecdote so the reader is immediately is interested. Don’t spend hours trying to find interesting and catchy first lines. Rather start off with a small story that lets them know about you and your character. It is better to show rather than tell. These anecdotes will show a lot about you and reveal much more rather than directly stating that you are passionate about public speaking.
It’s about you
It may seem obvious but write about what matters to you. Not what you think matters to the admissions officer or impresses them. They are looking for originality and authentic thinking. They want to understand as much as possible about you through these essays to see if you are good fit for their college
At first when you finish your essay, you may think that it is amazing and even perfect. After all you have spent a lot of time perfecting it. But we become blind to some mistakes that may be obvious. It is important ask others and gather opinions about your essay. Look specifically for people who have a background and experience in college admissions. However, limit the people to three as any more may confuse you and drive your essay by their opinions of it with the respective advice they give.