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09/08/2019

I want to join the yearbook staff,but I have to write an essay, i don’t know what to write. What should I say?

QUESTION
I want to join the yearbook staff,but I have to write an essay, i don’t know what to write. What should I say?
I want to join my schools yearbook staff and in order to do so i have to write an essay. The only problem is that i don’t know why i want to join( I do but thats just because I want to be a part of as many extra activities I can be a part of to look good on college applications, but i don’t want to say that) , and i dont know what to write. What should I say?

ANSWER
Be honest. Your reason for joining does sound unfavorable when you say it that way. But I think it’s not really that bad a reason, and if you give it a little thought you can state it in an essay so that it will sound great.

All you have to do is think it through. I’ll give you some questions that might guide you toward what you can say in your essay.

It’s your goal to be the kind of person a college wants to admit, right ? Take a look at the fact that colleges favor students who have been involved in activities. What benefits do people get from activities that makes them better college students than people who don’t get involved ? What benefits are you going to get from being on the yearbook staff ? What do you expect or hope to learn ?

Do you want to go to college because you have a career goal in mind ? Because you want to further your education ? Because you just always figured you’d go ? Because there’s lots of pressure from family and school to go ? (The last two are the reasons why I went, but I had a great experience.) When you finish college, what kind of person do you want to be ? Is it just “me, only with the degree required to do my job of choice” ? If you have any thoughts about future goals beyond just college admission, that might fit into your essay.

I’m sorry, but I have to run now. Good luck !