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What are some standout college essay examples that I can learn from?

I'm gradually getting more anxious about writing my college essays and was wondering if anyone could point me toward some stellar essay examples. Like, essays that were actually admitted to top colleges. It would really help to see what works and maybe understand why they were effective. Just trying not to freak out here, any help is appreciated!

7 months ago

It's completely understandable to feel anxious, but you're already on the right track by seeking out strong examples to guide you. Many universities, such as Johns Hopkins, publish a selection of accepted essays each year that you can find on their admission websites. These can give you a feel for the storytelling and reflective elements that make for an impactful essay. Also, check out the many real essays with feedback and tips available on CollegeVine: https://www.collegevine.com/category/essays/essay-examples

Remember, what makes an essay stand out is not just the achievement or experience itself but the insight and personal growth that you convey through it. Dive deep into your experiences, focus on a moment that shaped you, and don't be afraid to show vulnerability.

These elements help you create a compelling voice that can resonate with admissions officers. Good luck, and remember that this is your story—it's one only you can tell!

7 months ago

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