What are your chances of acceptance?
Your chance of acceptance
Duke University
+ add school
Your chancing factors
Unweighted GPA: 3.7
SAT: 720 math
| 800 verbal


Low accuracy (4 of 18 factors)

How can I improve my college application essay writing?

Hey guys! I've started working on my college essays, but I'm finding it difficult to really capture my experiences and make it stand out. What tips do you have for improving my essay writing skills and making my application more compelling? Thanks!

9 months ago

Hi there! It's great that you're getting started on your college essays. Here are a few tips that might help you in improving your essay writing skills and making your application stand out:

1. Focus on a specific experience, event, or moment. By narrowing down your essay's focus, you will be better able to dive deeper into the subject and develop a more meaningful and engaging narrative.

2. Tap into your emotions and show your personality. Colleges want to get to know you as an individual, so don't be afraid to be yourself and open up about your feelings, thoughts, and values.

3. Use descriptive language and sensory details to help the reader visualize the experience and better understand your perspective. For example, instead of saying 'I had fun working at the animal shelter,' you could say 'The sound of purring kittens and the feeling of warm, wagging tails brought me immense joy during my time at the animal shelter.'

4. Revisit, revise, and edit your essay multiple times. Having others review it and provide feedback can also help you refine your essay.

Best of luck!

9 months ago

About CollegeVine’s Expert FAQ

CollegeVine’s Q&A seeks to offer informed perspectives on commonly asked admissions questions. Every answer is refined and validated by our team of admissions experts to ensure it resonates with trusted knowledge in the field.