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How can I master the 'show, not tell' strategy in my college essays?

Hey everyone! I keep hearing about this 'show, not tell' advice for personal statements in college apps. Can anyone explain how exactly I can apply this technique to my own writing? I'm struggling to convey my experiences without it sounding like a list of events. Any tips or examples that helped you nail it? Thanks a ton in advance!

8 months ago

Hello! 'Show, not tell' is a fantastic narrative technique to engage your readers by painting a vivid picture of your experiences and qualities. A great way to do this is by using descriptive details and actions rather than adjectives. For example, instead of stating, 'I am a compassionate person,' you might write about the time you spent tutoring underprivileged children, describing how you adjusted your methods to each child's needs and the joy you felt when their faces lit up with understanding. This approach gives college admissions officers insight into your character through your actions and their impact, rather than just claiming a trait. Remember, the key is to immerse the reader in your story, letting them draw conclusions about who you are. As you write your draft, try to identify sentences where you directly tell something about yourself, and then think about how you can instead show the same message through a story or specific action. Good luck with your essays!

8 months ago

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