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3 months ago
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Admissions essay advice?

Hi there!

I just would like some admission essay advice... I'm currently a Junior and my guidance department isn't really providing the best guidance (ironically). I think we are starting to write in the spring... But again, they aren't providing the most accurate information.

In short, I want to get ahead on my admissions process and begin to write some essays, so that way I have more time to write and not be time crunched. I'd just like some suggestions from anyone out there. I know pretty much NOTHING about college essays, other than reviewing a few on the CollegeVine peer review system. There are a few prompts on the Common App that I have but I just want to know if there are any general rules to the writing or any advice from anyone out there, like cliché topics to avoid, tones to write in, perspectives, etc.

Thanks! If you need any clarification or want more info, let me know... Thank you for your help :)

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3 answers

3 months ago

Hi there!

It's really cool that you're already preparing now, that's a good sign for you :)

- There aren't really any topics to avoid, if you make them personal enough. The most important rule should be to really write about YOU.

- Your heart and soul should be leaking from the pages.

- Try a surprising introduction so that admission officers don't get bored reading your essay.

- You can write casual if it fits your essay.

- Spelling and Grammar is important. Try Grammarly or other softwares.

- Admission officers read tons of essays. Think about what makes you special and then make this your topic, you'll wanna stay in mind.

- Tell a story with all your essays. Reflect: If the admission officer reads my essays, what does he know about me? Did I show everything important

- Always show, don't tell. Don't say, you're creative. Show your creative solution to a problem. That is much more believable.

- Find out your Spike. What makes you desirable to a college? Your great research? Your 4.0 GPA? Your extraordinary ability to help others around you? Make sure that this thing stands out in your essays!

Good luck!


3 months ago[edited]

Hi @blohsh_13!

Don't worry, you aren't alone. There are many other students that do not get the most accurate information regarding the admissions essays, and the process in general.

It's great to see that you being proactive with your essays! For essay-writing tips, I recommend watching videos on YouTube (particularly CollegeVine and College Essay Guy). These are made by people who've been guiding applicants to get into their dream schools for years.

Your essay should be such that if anyone who knows you finds it on an anonymous paper on the floor, they should be able to tell with certainty that it's yours. That's what you call "unique". If your essay fits any random applicant as much as it fits you, there's room for improvement.

Hope this helps!

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