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09/08/2019

General college essay?? Idk the questions yet, but I want to write rough draft I can use for anywhere?

QUESTION
General college essay?? Idk the questions yet, but I want to write rough draft I can use for anywhere?
What main points should I include?

If you dont understand what I mean… I havn’t applied anywhere yet, but I’m not doing anything tomorrow and I want to be productive in my college work.. I want to write an essay I can use for as a starting point for almost anything– but just take what I need from it depending on the questions they give me. Help!!

Thanks so much in advance!

ANSWER
most colleges require the essay to be 500 words or under which is really hard because you have to be really succinct and make a big point in very few words.

The best advice I found was a list of 10 things not to write about. The quality of the writing isn’t as important as making an impression. While you may be a brilliant writer with a brilliant experience on a trip abroad, millions of students write similar essays. so yours would get lost in the shuffle.

Besides that, remember to keep it formal, but personable. The problem I had was accidentally using contractions such as “don’t” instead of “do not”. Accordind the the Dartmouth graduate that edited my essay, contractions are a big no no.

sadly I couldn’t find the article I read, but these make some similar points. In general, just don’t be generic.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/liz-oneill…

http://www.bookrags.com/articles/39.html