Tips for writing best college application essays

By Vidhya
Tips for writing best college application essays

Applications essays are considered a very important part of the admission process by most of the colleges. An application essay which is poorly executed can even cause students with high grades to get rejected. Likewise, an excellent essay can help students with average scores to get to the institution of their dreams.


Do not let the admission essays intimidate you, as this is a part of your application that is fully under your control.

The tips below will help you win with your essay:

Be brief
Though the minimum word limit for a college essay is 250 words and has no upper limit, every admissions officer has a huge number of essays to read every day. The officer would like to spend only a couple of minutes on every essay. So keep your essay compact and crisp.

Be honest
Do not strain or inflate yourself by putting fake facts in your essay. College admission officers can discover any form of plagiarism. So be aware not to adapt an email-story, buying essay from internet, or getting someone else to write your essay. Don't risk your dreams and career by taking the easy route.

Be an individual, be yourself
Bear in mind on ways to distinguish yourself from thousands of other applicants. The way your mind works is distinctive and that's the key to the whole exercise. Write about something that makes you take notice if it is mentioned in class or TV. An essay you write could be about an issue, event or person who is significant for you.

Be consistent and logical
Write about one subject at a time, do not babble in your essay. Do not try to cover up everything in an essay, it may make you sound busy, scattered and superficial. Focus on writing something that is related to your personal qualities in a specific angle. Make sure your essay supports your viewpoint. Do not contradict yourself.

Take a risk and be creative
Don't settle for essay that everyone else is writing. The danger lies in writing common essays, than in writing bad ones. Come up with something different. Your essay needs to be engaging. An enticing introduction draws your reader, catch their interest and provide them a reason to finish your essay.

Try to be debatable and smart
Many applicants write bland essays that don't take a stand on anything. Be balanced and thoughtful. Don't just talk on sensitive subject, instead, try to give reasons and arguments for your view and perspectives. Admissions officers looks for diversity of mind. Colleges are intellectual places, it is helpful to show your intellectual vitality.

Revise, rewrite and reword to pursue perfection
Revision is vital for all good college admission essays. Shape your draft through various rewrites. This essay has to be error-free. Look for those little errors as you write or edit. Try reading your essay out loud as it makes unfamiliar errors to stand out.

An application essay has to tell a story and should have a clear focus. Carefully choose words to reveal your passion and expose your personality. Be thoughtful and narrate your life. Your essay shows that you are thoughtful and mature and that your personality has depth.

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