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What do successful Common App essays usually include?

I'm just starting to brainstorm for my Common App essay, and I’m wondering what elements are usually found in essays that worked. Are there particular themes or storytelling techniques that strike a chord with admissions officers?

7 months ago

Hi there! It's fantastic that you're beginning to think about your Common App essay. Successful essays often include a few key elements.

1. They are deeply personal and provide insight into who you are beyond your grades and test scores.

2. They showcase your unique voice and perspective.

3. They employ effective storytelling techniques. For example, starting with an anecdote or a vivid scene can draw readers in.

4. They have a good amount of reflection. Admissions officers look for your ability to be introspective and grow from experiences, so reflection is key.

5. They have a clear focus or theme, as well as a strong structure that ties the narrative together seamlessly.

Whether highlighting your quirks, your challenges, or your triumphs, ensure that the essay is authentically 'you'. Remember, this is your opportunity to stand out and show the admissions committee what makes you, well, you!

7 months ago

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