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How long does writing a college essay usually take?

I'm starting my essay for college applications and I'm curious about how long this process may take. Can you guys give me an estimate on how many hours or days it took you to complete your essays? I really want to manage my time wisely. Thanks!

9 months ago

Hey there! The amount of time it takes to write a college essay varies greatly depending on the individual. Some students can finish a solid draft in a few days, while others may take weeks or even longer to perfect their essay. From my experience with my own child, it took them about a week to finish their first draft and then a few more days for revisions.

To manage your time wisely, I'd recommend setting aside a specific time each day to focus on your essay and breaking it into smaller tasks. For example, you can start with brainstorming and outlining, then move on to drafting, editing, and polishing.

Don't forget to seek feedback from others, like teachers, peers, or mentors, as that can also help improve your essay and provide insight on areas you might not have considered. CollegeVine has a great article on crafting a compelling college essay that you might find helpful: https://blog.collegevine.com/how-to-write-the-common-application-essays

Good luck with your essay, and remember, it's important to give yourself enough time to create something you're proud of!

9 months ago

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