- Writing a strong college admissions essay
- Avoiding common admissions essay mistakes
- Brainstorming tips for your college essay
- How formal should the tone of your college essay be?
- Taking your college essay to the next level
- Sample essay 1 with admissions feedback
- Sample essay 2 with admissions feedback
- Student story: Admissions essay about a formative experience
- Student story: Admissions essay about personal identity
- Student story: Admissions essay about community impact
- Student story: Admissions essay about a past mistake
- Student story: Admissions essay about a meaningful poem
- Writing tips and techniques for your college essay
Avoiding common admissions essay mistakes
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- If I'm not as good at writing essays as other things, will this affect me getting into a college?(9 votes)
- Should the essay be only about positive things about me and my extracurricular or I can write about a negative aspect of mine and how I want to get over it ?(3 votes)
- Although I want to pursue a career in art & design, I set that aside and decided to study for nursing, as I am afraid I would be unsuccessful in the future and regret my choices. I know this may sound shallow, but I think it's better to be a stable part of the society by following a promising career instead of taking risks while following your interests. Would the admissions office think that I am 'fake' because of this?(1 vote)
- Hi Yang,
I personally don't think they would have a problem with this or see that your fake. What matters is how you present yourself while applying. Your entering a profession that saves lives personally from my perspective I am a patient and nursing is a very stable job. Many people change careers,interests and fields as I have known many who went on to try to qualify for one profession only to find they had troubles being accepted or getting a job so they would take other courses and end up with a new career and interest. Unfortunately when you graduate there will never be a stable profession in all industry's today but the healthcare field is always growing which is why so many choose this field plus who wouldn't want to be a part of helping others the biggest thing of all make sure you really want to pursue this profession as it can costly going to college etc. You wouldn't want to study part way through and find out that your not interested anymore if not you will put yourself in loads of debt. May I ask do you want to work in Pediatrics or Adults?(2 votes)
- Do you guys have advice for the UC application? There are 8 questions to choose from, but you only have to answer four with a 350 word limit each. Would you say the writing styles are different and expectations? Thanks!(1 vote)
- How to write on essay on how you Become Industrious(1 vote)
- Why would i only focus the essay on myself if there is nothing good to say?(1 vote)
- Believe me when I say that there is something good for everyone, though you may not think so. I know people who have the most amazing talents, though the talents themselves are... unconventional. I know you posted this a long time ago, but this is also for anyone else who is reading this. Your talents could be anything from being a great artist, like someone I know, to being a coding legend, like another person I know. It is really a matter of perception. And if you still can't find any talents for yourself, and are blind sighting them, then ask some other, non-biased person for another opinion. This will really help you, believe me.(1 vote)
- what is the eassy(0 votes)
- It will differ from application and from year to year. If you're filling out the common App, here at the 2016 - 2017 essays:
1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
2. The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
3. Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?
4. Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma - anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.
5. Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.(3 votes)
- I'm very bad at it... What should I do now??(0 votes)
- Do you have to write the essay, because I have horrible handwrititng :((1 vote)
- You won't be writing your college essays by hand. You'll type all your essays on the computer. (:(1 vote)
- How long is going to be a way to admit my college essay and to raise my self-esteem?(0 votes)
- Start researching ways to help your self esteem. Seriously. Google "I have low self esteem" and watch how many self help websites and discussion boards generate. All the tools you need are on this beautiful world wide web, ripe for your picking.(1 vote)
- It's hard to write that essay, it really is, because it's a page or a page and a half and you know the three most common topics or at least the three topics that are really important to high school students are perhaps that have impacted their lives in the most profound way would be the death of a loved one or friend, moving, or divorce, and those are pretty heavy duty topics and there have been outstanding authors over the years who have tried to approach those topics and have had a difficult time in a 500 page book and now we're asking a 17-year-old to reflect on that in 750 words or less, so it's a great challenge so be careful. - I think that if you don't feel that you can trust the admissions officer to safeguard your secrets or to see you in a vulnerable light, you're going to miss an opportunity for the admissions officer to get to know you as well as he or she possibly could. - One of the biggest mistakes that students make on their application essays is to sort of make an embellished resume. So we've already seen your resume. We've already seen what you've done, what you're interested in. Don't use the very few words you have to tell us about yourself, only to talk about what you do. I think the essay is sometimes thought of as a way to show yourself off and in reality what it is for us is a way to understand why you do the things you do, how those things impact you, how those experiences have shaped your world for you. - One of my pet peeves when I read admissions essays is when students describe an event without explaining the significance of it. So if you tell me, for example, about a snow storm, okay, sure, but what does that tell me about you? - Last year I read an essay that a student wrote about his grandfather and it was very well written, lots of wonderful imagery and good punctuation and grammar, but by the end of the essay I wanted to admit the student's grandfather because it was all about him and so I didn't learn anything about the student in that essay and so in that case, although it was a great essay, it was not great for this purpose. - Students who are creative will sometimes think that they should have a more visually appealing essay and so they'll create their essay to be in the shape of something that represents who they are. You know, it can be hard to read an essay that's shaped like a chalice let's say. I've also seen students take the approach of a letter to a roommate or their presidential acceptance speech that they're going to give down the road thanking Georgetown for the opportunity and I think sometimes the ploy can take over the essay and you can't get past sort of the tool that they've used and you don't actually get to the student. So I think it's better to write a simple heartfelt essay than to try to put too much time into crafting something that you think will stand our or catch our attention. - I kind of understand where students are coming from when they say let me mention all these different things, but I try to encourage students to sort of hone in maybe on one experience, on one extracurricular and use that as a lens through which we can get to see the way that you think, the way that your world operates and also who you might be on our campus.