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How much time should I spend writing my college essay?

I’m a junior who wants to get a head start on writing my college essay, but I'm not sure how long it typically takes. Do I need to dedicate a few weeks, or is it possible to finish it in a few days? Any advice?

9 months ago

Hey there! It's great that you're planning ahead for your college essay. The time spent on writing a college essay can vary greatly from one person to another. Some students may finish their essay in a few days, while others may take several weeks or even months, depending on their writing skills, the topic, and how deeply they want to make revisions.

My best advice is to start early, write consistently, and don't be afraid to edit and revise your essay multiple times. Give yourself ample time to brainstorm, draft, and revise. Keep in mind that you might write several drafts before landing on the final version. It's always a good idea to ask someone you trust – a teacher, counselor, or family member – for feedback on your essay. You might find this CollegeVine blog post on crafting the perfect college essay helpful: https://blog.collegevine.com/how-to-write-the-perfect-college-essay/.

Best of luck!

9 months ago

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