How to show vs. tell in your writing

Recorded Thursday, November 4, 2021 at 12:00 AM

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“Show, don’t tell!” is probably a phrase you’ve heard ad nauseam while trying to write your college admissions essays. In this stream, Robert will break down exactly what this means and provide examples of how you can transform bland writing into flavorful phrasing that your readers will enjoy.

Essays should be fun, both to write and to read - though it may not feel like it as admissions deadlines creep up. We at CollegeVine understand your frustrations and are happy to provide a supportive forum in which you can receive all the essay help you need! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to ensure your essays are in the best shape for admissions.

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Undergrad College: Yale University '21

Major: Ethics, Politics & Economics; Classics (Intensive)

Work Experience: As a recent graduate of Yale University, I am excited to begin my first year with CollegeVine! In many ways, CV was a natural fit for me -- at Yale, I worked for over two years in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, beginning as a Senior Interviewer in the summer of 2019, during which I interviewed over 200 first-year applicants for the 2019-2020 college admissions cycle. After the summer ended, I became Lead Recruitment Coordinator, a full-time position responsible for executing and overseeing Yale’s numerous post-admissions decision yield initiatives, as well as serving as a spokesman for the university both in person and online. Over the past two years, I have had the privilege of interacting with hundreds of students and their families at all stages of the college application process.

My Admissions Story: Having always been interested in studying a variety of subjects within the Humanities and Social Sciences, I applied to a smattering of liberal arts colleges and universities (mostly on the East Coast) with strong departments in these areas, large and diverse student bodies, and varied extracurricular opportunities. When my college admissions decisions rolled in, I immediately accepted an offer from my dream school, Yale University, which I had always felt best embodied the opportunities and goals that I desired from my college experience -- and since that day, I’ve never looked back.


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