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How should I structure the opening of my admissions essay?

As I sit down to write my college admissions essay, I'm finding the blank page intimidating. What's a good way to start an admissions essay that can captivate the reader from the get-go? I’ve heard stories need hooks, but I’m not sure how to apply that advice.

8 months ago

Ah, the dreaded blank page! Every writer's first obstacle. But fear not, captivating your reader from the very start is possible with a strong hook. You've probably heard the classics: a surprising fact, an intriguing question, or a dramatic scene. These are indeed effective, but consider starting with a vivid moment from your life that encapsulates a broader theme of your essay. For example, if you're writing about your passion for nature, begin with a specific instance – perhaps the first time you climbed a mountain or the silence of a forest right before a thunderstorm. This doesn't just draw your reader in; it sets the stage for the personal journey you're about to share with them. Remember, admissions officers read thousands of essays, so a unique and authentic beginning can make yours stand out. Keep it concise, engaging, and reflective of your voice. And don't hesitate to revise your opener after you've written the rest of your essay; sometimes, the best way to start becomes clearer once you know where your story is going. Good luck!

8 months ago

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