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

Great college application essays make your personality shine

Writing your college essay can be one of the most stressful parts of the college application process. You need to think of a subject matter you’re confident writing about and still find yet another way to stand out from the crowd. Use some of the below tips to make sure your essay gets the right attention from your ideal college.

Get to the Point

Although it’s tempting to express yourself as much as possible and it can be haunting thinking about what you left unsaid, keep your essay concise and to the point. Most essays will recommend a minimum of two hundred and fifty words with no maximum. But most college essay reviewers have stacks and stacks to go through. So make sure your essay begins with a strong, clear thesis that will capture their attention and then get to writing about it.

Be Unique

Don’t worry about what the “most successful topics” are for college essays or other popular recommendations for you to take on. Write about what you know and what you’re passionate about. Remember, this essay is supposed to give an accurate representation of your personality. In that regard, it should be perfectly unique from all others. The added benefit is it makes you stand out from the hundreds and thousands of other essays the reviewer will have to read through.

Controversy and Humor

That being said, be careful with controversial issues. In an effort to play it safe, far too many college hopefuls stay away from anything that might raise an eyebrow. They write about bland topics and get lost in the crowd. Even if you’re taking the above advice and writing about your unique personality, it can be tempting to play down features that don’t fit inside the comfortable topics. Within reason, be confident in taking a stand on a topic you truly believe in and are passionate about. Politics, religion (or lack thereof), social issues and other serious topics are all fair play so long as you address them respectfully.

Along the same lines, don’t be afraid to interject a little humor in your essay. This further helps flesh out your personality and makes you stand out from the crowd. Believe me, a college essay reviewer will remember the person kind enough to give them a chuckle during their day. Like the controversial topics, though, make sure your humor is respectful and appropriate. Doing otherwise will guarantee your essay gets tossed.

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