College Essay Writing Tips
Most schools require you to write a
autobiographical essay. High school grades do not tell enough about a
person. Admission officers and selection committees need to know
students in order to consider them as individuals. It is to your
advantage to submit a well organized, well developed, concise and
grammatically correct essay which conveys your experiences, your
personality, and your hopes for the future.
Check the rules- Read the instructions for the
essay in the college application packet and make sure you understand
Start early and revise often- Once you have read and revised your essay,
put it away for a week or so. After this rest period, re-read the essay
requirements and go back to your essay to see if you fulfill them.
Be clear and focused- With each revision, your essay should be more
focused, have smooth transition statements, and present a more cohesive
Be distinctive- Write an essay that distinguishes you from other
Include powerful experiences-
Include experiences that will leave the reader with strong images,
especially ones that have influenced your education or career goals.
Be enthusiastic, but reasonable- Show your enthusiasm, passion or
commitment about causes, but be reasoned and logical in your
Be yourself- Most importantly, be honest and be yourself!
Review your final version carefully- Give your essay to an
English teacher or someone with a background in grammar and spelling to
make sure that you haven't made any mistakes. And make sure to keep a
printed copy of your final version.