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09/04/2019

How do I start a college essay?

QUESTION
How do I start a college essay?
I have to start this essay for my dream school and since I started the application process I’ve been procrastinating writing the essay (I know, not a good thing) because I feel like I don’t really know how to start. I have my point, I know what I want to say and kinda how to answer the question and keep the topic, but I don’t know how to start it…..

I know I know… lame to ask but I need help, if I don’t get admitted in this school I’ll be forever sad that’s why I’m so stressed and I don’t want to make any mistake. Another thing, I’m ESOL and I’m afraid of mistakes since english is not my 1st language. Do you know about any web site that can help? any advices?

Thanks a lot, I’ll be forever greatful!

ANSWER
From what I understand, this is your prompt:
What sets you apart from other applicants, based on unique educational or life experiences, personal or family circumstances, obstacles overcome and/or achievements?

Okay. First, think about what you’re trying to do. You are trying to get int a highly competitive school like BYU. You have to appear to be the best and brightest.

So you’re ESL, you say? I know you, you’re Dominican. You moved to the states three years ago. That wasn’t easy. You had to leave your friends and family behind. It was motional to move to a new country, a new lanugage, and new culture. A whole new world.

they want to hear that.

Talk about your personal struggles. Talk about your baptism. I know you are worried about your grades, but that is not so important if they know the story behind it.

Good luck!