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09/04/2019

How do i start or write a college essay?

QUESTION
How do i start or write a college essay?
Hello my name is melrose, high school senior.
I’m on the track team,I do community service, I’ve lived in france 4 a year.
I’m more mature than most students in my grade, and highly motivated!

I NEED HELP ON HOW TO START, WRITE A COLLEGE ESSAY??
Any tips or advice??

ANSWER
I would think about a quality (or several) that are “you.” Then think of a story or two that really encapsulates those qualities and tell that story.

They have your name, your activities, and your school info already in the application. Try to “paint a picture” of who you are beyond these things.

As a personal preference, I tend to side with stories of overcoming an obstacle. Like, maybe you were injured on your track team. How did you overcome that? How has that made you a better person/what did you learn from that experience? Or, you say you lived in France for a year. Maybe you had a terrifying few weeks where you didn’t understand the language or the culture. How did you overcome that/what did you learn?

Or say one or your traits is that you are really compassionate. How did that trait come about? Did a friend of yours fall down on the playground as a child, and you were the one who rushed in to help her/him?

I tend to write these stories in a basic beginning, middle, end format. First, I was this way. Next, this major event happened. Finally, this is what I learned/or how I came to be there person I am now.