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

How to Succeed in Writing Application Papers

Each year there are many thousands of high school students that are dreaming of attending a particular college the next fall. They have studied hard and worked their whole undergraduate career to get to the point that they can attend a great college and be accepted into an academic program that will allow them to pursue a dream career. One of the most controllable parts of the application process is to write an application papers that reveal a story that shows a student’s desirable traits and the reasons they should be asked to join the school community in the fall.

Be Honest

One of the first things that students often do is to create a masterpiece of writing but they forget the best part, themselves. The major reason these essays are assigned is to provide a reader with the chance to know you. Writing about something that doesn’t represent you is going to lead to problems. Tell an honest story which really depicts all of your good qualities. There is no need to highlight your weaknesses unless they are used to show how a student overcame them. Use humor if that is a part of your personality, because expressing who you are and being honest about your good attributes is going to work in getting you admitted to the school of your dreams. This will lead to success.

Get Some Help

Perhaps writing the essay is no problem and there isn’t anything that you see wrong with the writing in any way. Have someone you trust read and proof the essay for you. Sometimes when people write, the words sound better in one’s head then they do on the page. A teacher or guidance counselor might be one of the best options for this type of proofing. A peer can work but often peers are not qualified or don’t want to be critical. Sometimes it is just a simple little correction that will allow for an essay to succeed on all levels. Don’t be afraid to get some help.

Write it Early

It is always a good thing to get your application papers in as early as possible. Getting your materials in early is going to show all of the schools that you apply to that you are on the ball and being admitted to their school is a priority for you. It also puts your essay in a pool of people that is not as deep as it will be later. When your papers are the first ones that have been read by an admissions board, they will stand out a lot more than if they are one of hundreds.

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