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How long does it usually take you to write a college essay?

Hello fellow juniors! I'm just starting my college essay, and I'm curious – how long did it take you to write yours? I don't want to procrastinate, but I'm a little overwhelmed by how long it might take me to write something I'm proud of. Any tips on planning out my time wisely?

9 months ago

Hey there! Writing a college essay can definitely seem overwhelming at first, but it's important to remember that everyone works at their own pace. Some people can finish their essay in a week, while others might take a month or more, and that's okay!

My suggestion would be to break it down into smaller tasks: brainstorm, outline, write, and revise. Dedicate a few days for brainstorming, and come up with several ideas before narrowing down to your best one. After that, create an outline that clearly shows the flow of your essay, which may take a couple of days. Then, start writing. Don't worry about making it perfect at first – just get your ideas on paper. Finally, spend a week or more revising, rewriting, and polishing your essay.

You shouldn't rush through your essay, but also don't feel like you need to spend extra time on it just to make it 'good'. Hope this helps!

9 months ago

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