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Tips for writing a strong college essay?

Hey guys, I've been struggling with my college essays lately. I feel like I have interesting ideas, but I'm not sure how to put them into words that will stand out to admissions officers. Any advice or resources you could recommend? Thanks!

9 months ago

Hello! I understand how challenging the college essay writing process can be. My child went through it not too long ago. Here are a few tips that helped my child write a strong essay: 1. Start with a captivating opening: You want to grab the reader's attention right away. 2. Be genuine and tell YOUR story: Don't try to write what you think others want to hear; write from your heart. 3. Show, don't tell: Use descriptive language and vivid details to paint a picture for your reader. 4. Stay focused and organized: Make sure your essay has a clear theme and structure. 5. Edit and revise: Get feedback from others, and don't be afraid to make changes. As for resources, my child found 'The College Essay Guy' website helpful for tips and examples. Also, consider checking out some popular college essay books like 'On Writing the College Application Essay' by Harry Bauld. Good luck!

9 months ago

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