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

Hey guys, I'm a junior and I'm starting to think about college essays. I'm curious about how long it took you all to write your college essays. I want to make sure I give myself enough time to write a quality essay. Thanks for any insights!

9 months ago

Hey there! It's great that you're thinking about college essays early. The time it takes to write a quality essay can vary quite a bit from person to person. Some students might be able to complete a strong essay in just a few days, while others may take several weeks or even longer. It really depends on your writing style, comfort with the topic, and how much editing you think you might need.

My own child started brainstorming ideas a few months before the application deadlines. They wrote a couple drafts until they were satisfied with the final version, and the entire process took them about a month. I'd recommend giving yourself at least a few weeks to write, revise, and polish your essay.

For more information and tips on writing college essays, check out this CollegeVine blog post: How to Write the Common App Essays 2023-2024. It's packed with some great advice and examples! Good luck!

9 months ago

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