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Unweighted GPA: 3.7
SAT: 720 math
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How to write a compelling college essay?

Hi collegevine community! I'm a junior in high school, and I'm getting a little stressed about writing my college essays. I want to make sure they're engaging and showcase my personality, but I'm not sure how to approach it. Do you have any tips or strategies for writing a great college essay that will make me stand out? Thanks in advance!

9 months ago

Hi there! I totally understand how stressful the college essay writing process can be. Don't worry, you're not alone! My child went through the same thing not too long ago, and I'm happy to share some tips that helped them.

First, think about what makes you unique and what experiences or perspectives you can bring to the college. Try to brainstorm some ideas and jot them down. My child, for example, wrote about their passion for baking and how it taught them patience and creativity.

Next, make sure your essay has a clear structure: an engaging introduction, a body that tells a story or makes a point, and a conclusion that ties everything together. Use descriptive language and vivid details to make your essay come alive.

Lastly, don't be afraid to ask for help! Share your essay with your teachers, friends, or family members and ask for their feedback. They might have some valuable insights or suggestions for improvement. And of course, CollegeVine has resources like essay guides and expert reviews that can help you polish your essay.

Good luck with your essay, and I'm sure you'll do great!

9 months ago

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