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How much time does it usually take to write a college essay?

Hey everyone, I'm feeling a bit stressed because I haven't started my college essay yet. I was just wondering, how long did it take for you guys to write your essays? I want to make sure I have enough time to do a good job and not rush through it.

9 months ago

Hello! I understand the stress that comes with writing a college essay, and it's great that you're trying to plan ahead. The time it takes to write a college essay can vary greatly depending on the individual and the topic. Some students might finish their essay in a few days, while others may take weeks or even longer.

My child started brainstorming ideas and writing drafts a couple of months before the application deadline, and it took them about a month to complete the final draft. They spent a few hours each week writing and revising. Keep in mind that it's important to give yourself enough time for brainstorming, writing multiple drafts, and getting feedback from others. It's better to start earlier and give yourself the opportunity to revise and improve your essay than to rush through it at the last minute. Best of luck with your essay writing process!

9 months ago

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