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College Essay Tips

 How to write a great college essay

by                 Thallya Diaz
 Hey all you high school seniors out there! So, it’s almost the end of the first quarter of our senior year. While many underclassman run around trying to turn in missing assignments and cram for those last few exams of the quarter, we seniors are frantically trying to complete all of our college applications on top of the aforementioned. The most stressful and nerve wracking of all pieces of the college application process are, undoubtedly, the essays.

            When it comes to these dreaded college essays, no matter how interesting and busy our lives may seem, we can never think of something to write about! Here a few ideas I’ve picked up from some English teachers on what to write about and some tips on how to make your essay stand out admissions staff.

1. Don’t write about something that is already in your application. Even though something like an extracurricular activity that you list on a college application may seem extremely important to you, unless it was life changing, don’t write about it. Colleges want your essay to convey a better image of you to them; they don’t want to hear about something they could have already deduced from the rest of your application.

2. Steer clear of the commonly used essay topics. While your sports team story may be very moving, think of the potentially tens of thousands of other students who are applying to that same university and also write about their sports teams. If you really want to write about teamwork, or someone who changed your life, do it from a different angle.

3. Stay away from overly emotional topics. While having emotion, and a strong opinion on a topic are positive qualities to any essay, it is important that you convey emotional stability and happiness. No one wants a negative nelly attending their university. Be positive!

4. Make your essay unique. This tip seems pretty self-explanatory, but I will explain it nonetheless. You want your essay to stand out from all the others. You want the person reading your essay to remember it, and enjoy reading it.

Hope this helps some of you stressed out high school seniors. Good luck!

Posted: Oct 23, 2012 by

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