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Wrapping up my Common App essay - any tips?

Hey everyone, feeling a bit nervous here. I'm working on my Common App essay, and I'm not sure how to end it on a strong note. I've told a pretty personal story, but how do I make my conclusion memorable and impactful? Any advice from those who've been through this?

7 months ago

Hey there! Ending your Common App essay is just as important as starting it – it's your final impression on the admissions committee, after all. Focus on how your story has shaped who you are today and your aspirations for the future. A pro tip is to tie back to a theme or detail mentioned in the beginning of your essay to create a sense of completeness.

For example, if you began your essay with a unique personal anecdote, you could refer back to it and articulate how it has influenced your growth or perspective. Or, if you used a clever metaphor or quote, concluding with a reference to it is a nice way to come full circle.

Also, remember to leave the reader with a clear understanding of your values, what you've learned, and how it propels you towards your goals. You want to convey optimism and readiness for the challenges that college may bring, so choose words that reflect a forward-looking, yet reflective tone. Best of luck!

7 months ago

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