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How beneficial are essay writing contests for college apps?

Hey everyone, I’m a junior stressed about making my application stand out. I’ve heard that essay writing contests can add some sparkle to the extracurricular section. Does winning or participating in these contests really make a difference? How would AOs view these awards compared to others?

7 months ago

Hey there! I totally understand the desire to shine in your applications. Not only do essay writing contests showcase your writing skills and ability to engage with complex ideas, but they also demonstrate initiative and intellectual curiosity. Winning or just placing in these contests is an impressive achievement. Admissions officers tend to appreciate students who go above and beyond to challenge themselves, and these contests are a good way of showing that.

If you place well, it could be comparable to Tier 2 or Tier 3 activities depending on the level of recognition. Just remember that participating in them is also a great learning experience, regardless of whether you win. Good luck!

7 months ago

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