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How long does it usually take to write a good college essay?

Hey guys, I'm starting to feel a bit stressed about writing my college essay. I want it to be really good, but I'm not sure how much time I should budget for it. Can anyone share how long it took them to write their essay? I'd really appreciate it!

10 months ago

Hi there! It's completely normal to feel stressed about writing your college essay, but don't worry, you're not alone in this. The time it takes to write a good college essay can vary from person to person, and it really depends on how well you know the topic you're writing about and how comfortable you are with writing in general.

For my child, it took about a month to brainstorm, write, and edit their essay. They started by brainstorming different topics and ideas for a couple of weeks, then spent another week or so writing the first draft. The editing process was spread out over another week or two, with multiple revisions and feedback from friends, teachers, and family members.

It's important to give yourself enough time to think through your essay and make revisions as needed, so I'd recommend starting early and setting aside at least a month to work on it. Remember that a great essay takes time, patience, and lots of editing, so don't be too hard on yourself during the process. Good luck!

10 months ago

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