As we enter November, we begin to get closer to college application deadline dates. For some college applications, writing the college essay is an important factor of that. With that in mind, we wanted to give you 5 tips for writing (and nailing!) your college essay.
1. Get inspired
Read other college essays to gain a feel for what admissions are looking for when it comes to writing the college essay. While every college has different essays (and some may be very different based on major) you can get a good understanding of the layout and writing style admissions teams are looking for when reading through the hundreds and thousands of essays they receive. format, arguments, structure and voice
2. Start preparing early
Do you have a list of schools you are looking to apply? Get a hold of the college essay requirements (if there are any) and begin to prepare early, way before the deadline. Not only will you have essay writing on your to-do plate, but you will also have to juggle the other assignments, projects, quizzes, and tests that are asking of your time in your high school courses. The more time you dedicate to preparing early, the less stressed you will be and you will be able to put forth your best effort.
3. Use what ya know!
You have taken numerous English and Literature courses. Now is the time to put those literary terms to the test by weaving them into your college essay to show the reader that you have the ability to apply what you learned in high school to make connections for the future. It also helps demonstrate your skills as a writer (because you will most likely doing quite a bit of that in college!).
4. Be yourself!
The college essay is also an opportunity to provide the college of your dreams the necessary means to learn a bit more about who you are, what interests you, and what drives your passions. A big mistake during the college essay writing is that students tent to write what others want to hear. Instead, if given the opportunity, write about an event, issue, or person that really had an impact for you. If it excites you to write about, then it could very well excite the individual reading it, too!
5. Have a peer review
Feel like you nailed your essay the first time? No worries there, but it is always helpful to have a peer, friend, or family member take the opportunity to review your work. Sometimes it's best to have a second set of eyes take a look at your work to notice any errors or mistakes that might have otherwise gone unnoticed. You might even be surprised by the suggestions that make to help reinforce certain aspects of your essay to make it that more powerful.
And finally, be confident! The essay is not the only portion of what the college admissions team will be reviewing when determining whether or not to provide you with admittance to the college. Take a deep breath and have faith! And of course, good luck!