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Wrapping up my personal essay: best strategies?

Hey folks, I'm kind of struggling with nailing the ending of my college essay. I've put a lot into the introduction and body, but how do I bring it all together in a memorable way? Any tips for crafting a killer closing that leaves the admissions team impressed and reflects my journey?

8 months ago

Absolutely, creating a strong conclusion is key to leaving a lasting impression. Think of your conclusion as the final note of a symphony—it should resonate with the audience. A strategy I often recommend is the 'echo' technique: revisit a theme or narrative thread from your introduction. This creates a sense that you've come full circle, enhancing the impact of your personal journey.

Also, consider closing with a forward-looking statement. After reflecting on your past experiences and growth throughout the essay, end by expressing your future aspirations and how the college fits into that vision. Show them you're not only self-aware but also excited about what lies ahead.

Lastly, don't underestimate the power of your last line. It should encapsulate the essence of your message but also leave the reader thinking. Whether it's a powerful quote that has guided you, a brisk summary of your inner transformation, or a declaration of your future goals, make sure it's concise and impactful. Remember, your conclusion doesn't have to be long, but it should be memorable. Good luck!

8 months ago

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