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How to nail the college-specific essay format?

As I'm prepping for applications, I noticed each college seems to have its own vibe for their essays. Any advice on how to adapt my writing to fit different colleges' expected essay formats without losing my personal voice?

7 months ago

It can indeed be quite the task to tailor your essays to each college while maintaining your unique voice. Here's an approach that you might find helpful. Consider the college's values, mission statement, and any notable aspects of their programs that align with your interests and strengths.

Before you begin writing each essay, take some time to jot down these points and think about how your experiences can intersect with them. Using this framework, you can preserve your voice and perspectives while demonstrating genuine interest in the college.

For example, if a college emphasizes community service and you have considerable experience in volunteering, discuss a specific instance where your actions had a meaningful impact and reflect on what this reveals about your character and fit for the school. By focusing on your personal insights and growth, rather than just the activity itself, you'll keep your personal voice front and center. Always remember to proofread your work to ensure that it flows naturally and embodies your individuality.

Adapting your writing doesn't mean changing who you are—it's about highlighting parts of your story that resonate with a college's culture. Be confident in your experiences and let your authenticity shine through. You've got this!

7 months ago

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