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Tips for tackling the BYU essay prompt?

As a high school junior, I'm in the process of prepping all my essays for college applications. I'm applying to BYU and I'm wondering if anyone here has any tips for approaching their essay prompt? Does someone who has already applied successfully have any recommendations? Appreciate any help I can get, thanks!

7 months ago

Hey there! I'm glad to hear you're getting a head start on your college essays. While I haven't personally applied to BYU, I can try to give you some general advice on how to approach their essay prompt.

First, take the time to read and understand the prompt thoroughly. Make sure you know exactly what they're asking for before starting to brainstorm ideas. BYU places a strong emphasis on its religious values and being able to contribute to the school's unique community, so do some research to understand what that entails if you aren't familiar with BYU's culture.

Next, brainstorm ideas that relate to the prompt and are meaningful to you. You'll want to tell a story that is unique, showcases your personality, and highlights your values. Remember, admissions officers want to get to know you better through your essay, so make it genuine.

Once you have a draft, ask for feedback from multiple people in your life, like your teachers, family, and friends. Be open to constructive criticism and be willing to revise your essay accordingly. Just ensure you still maintain your genuine, personal voice throughout the revisions.

Lastly, pay attention to details like grammar and word choice, and make sure your essay is well-organized and easy to read. Keep in mind the word limit and edit your essay concisely to stay within the limit while still effectively conveying your message.

A fantastic resource for essay help is CollegeVine's Peer Essay Review platform (https://www.collegevine.com/essays/review). It allows you to receive feedback from other students who are also working on their college application essays. This can be a helpful way to gain insight and perspectives from your peers who are going through a similar process.

Remember, there isn't a one-size-fits-all template for college essays, but staying true to yourself and clearly communicating your thoughts can go a long way in making your essay stand out. Good luck!

7 months ago

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