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09/04/2019

how to right a good college essay?

QUESTION
how to right a good college essay?
so i am going to be a senior in high school and am doing college apps now. I just want any tips on how to write an effect college app essay that will give me a good chance in getting into the colleges a want

ANSWER
So what most high school students don’t realize is that college essays actually play a huge part in whether or not you get accepted. I’ve had countless friends who had stellar resumes and fantastic grades, but left their essay until the last minute, which cost them their admissions.

The most important thing is to not write what you think colleges want to hear. Do. Not. Do. That. Instead, write about YOU. That’s what they want to hear. What makes you, you. In other words, what makes you different from the other kid? What has played a huge role in shaping you? What makes you get out of bed in the morning? What makes you think you’d be a good fit for the school? (This last question can actually be quite helpful. A good thing to do is look up what kind of culture the school wants to build, and what kind of students they want to attract. If you fit that, make sure you bring that out in your essay).

But please write an essay that puts a positive spin on you. I read a kid’s essay once about how he was pretty much cynical and pessimistic and believed the worst in people (ironically he wanted to be a doctor). You want an essay which makes you seem like a kid they’d want to have around. Also make sure you’re proactive in your essay. Write about how the subject you’re talking about challenged you (did it make you think in a new way? Did it puzzle you? Frustrate you?) and how you reacted to that and grew in response.

Good luck, and just have fun!