Admission, application and entrance essays: writing, editing, proofreading

Vitally necessary hints on how to write a university application essay

A university application essay can be a daunting task. You've done well in your academic career so far and you really have your heart set on a particular college. The problem is so too do hundreds if not thousands of your fellow students. One of the ways the university selects its new students is to ask them to write an application essay. You sweat buckets over this task. But there are tips and steps you can take which will greatly enhance your chances of success.

  • Read the requirements very, very carefully.
  • Less is more.
  • Why do you want to be admitted to this particular course?
  • Always be honest.
  • Know the ins and outs of the college itself.
  • Definitely reveal your inner self.
  • Write a draft and then write it again.

If ever you are going to follow the instructions when writing an essay, and you should do it all the time, the perfect time to do it is when writing a university application essay. If it gives a specific topic or a specific number of words then you must, repeat must follow the instructions explicitly. No matter how well you write if you fail to follow the instructions you do your chances some serious, possibly fatal harm.

Do not think that a long-winded essay will impress the reader. Brevity is the soul of wit. Less is more.

You need to ask yourself why this particular college and that particular course is really your number one priority. When you know the answer to that, find a way to explain that answer as part of your application essay. And always be honest. One of the things that the reader of your essay will be looking for is the truth. If you can convince the reader that you are being open and honest and speaking the truth, your words will ring true and help gain you brownie points.

You need to be an expert in what happens at this particular college. What sort of programs do they offer? What can you do to contribute to the life and activities of this particular college? If you can make yourself appealing or even indispensable, your essay could well prove to be a winner.

Do not come across as a robot or as a number. You must reveal yourself as a human being. The reader must get to know the type of person you are. Reveal your inner self, your personality, your likes and dislikes through the writing of your application essay.

This is a very important piece of writing. Write a draft. Write it again. Double check your work. Show it to someone and ask their opinion. Make sure it is the best it possibly can be because your future academic career and even your employment career could well hinge on this particular writing.

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