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College Essay Advice
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I've started filling out college applications and doing my Common App but I am really struggling on the essay portion. I know it can be a big factor when reviewing student profiles so I want to make sure it is well done. Any advice on the process?

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2 months ago

I'm sure you've probably heard this a million times but I'd still to reiterate on the saying "show, not tell". Your college essay is the only thing in your application which actually highlights who you are, as a person, beyond your grades and extracurriculars. I'd suggest reading some example essays but make sure you don't start copying off elements from it. Thoroughly go through all the topics and try to create a small jamboard with all the points you'd like to cover in your essay. Make sure your grammar and spelling is correct (use grammarly or a similar writing assistant) and that you're not throwing in similes and metaphors just for the sake of it. Try to be as authentic as possible while putting your best foot forward. There's going to be innumerable drafts that you're going to have to keep on editing every time you show your essay to your counsellor and continue polishing but in the end, you'll come up with something you're really proud of, and something that represents who you are. Make sure your essay is so personal that if one was to read your essay without knowing who it was written by, then the essay wouldn't fit as the description of anybody else among the hundreds of thousands of students applying to colleges. Hope this helps. Good luck!

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Collaborate with your academic teachers and counselor! Not only will having them review your essays improve their overall quality, it can also give you a leg up with those teachers if you want to ask them for rec letters. Make sure to thank them afterwards--a letter and starbucks gift card is my go-to :)

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