When you read autobiographies, the author intends for his life story to grip you; being so captivating that you never want to stop reading until there are no more pages. Think back to a book you couldn’t put down - one where sleep didn’t matter because knowing how the story ended was more exciting than sleep. Or maybe you don’t like books, but you were captivated by the story of a TV series. If show's such as the Game of Thrones, Friends or The Walking Dead didn’t have captivating storylines, they wouldn’t be three of the most loved shows of all time. To be successful, they have to hook their audience and make them want more at the end of each show.
How You Should View Your College Essays.
College essays are a piece of writing that can potentially change your life, and the excitement of that should stir a desire in you to knock it out of the park! Colleges across the USA receive thousands of admission essays every year, and it is an overwhelming job for the admissions officers to read all of them. If you can write a powerful essay that is captivating, descriptive and emotionally engaging for the reader, you will stand out from the crowd. Admission officers have to suffer through thousands of monotonous and self-indulging essays that do more harm to a student's application than good. You should see your application essay as an incredible opportunity to be a breath of fresh air for the admissions officers and aim to get them on your side during the process.
How To Ensure Your Essay Is Unique:
1. Understand The Topic
Ensure you understand the crux of what the College is expecting from your essay. Once you are confident you can answer the question, start to formulate how you will get your point across.
Be aware to not add slang or jargon to your essay as the understanding of certain words may not be interpreted as intended. Secondly, stay clear of humour: some people may not understand your jokes while others may take offence by them; therefore, it is advisable to refrain from humour.
3. Be Smart
Don’t only talk about your achievements, even if you are a sports recruit. Let your CV or Resumé do that. At the end of the day, these are Educational Institutions, and they are curious about what makes you tick. Dig into your passions and experience; it is more than just describing what you did, but ultimately your essay should describe why you did it, why it interested you and how it impacted your life and development. Remember, people are emotional creatures, Admissions Officers are no different. If you can connect on an emotional level, you will make a lasting impression.
4. Write, Re-write; Check, Double-check.
Start with a brainstorming session where you write points and ideas you would like to convey in your essay. Decide on one main topic which will set the theme and tone. Once you are confident in your ideas and topic, start to compose the first draft. From your first draft, ask yourself: does it flow logically? Does it reveal something unique about you? Is the story emotive and captivating? Revise your essay until you are confident in the story.
5. Have Someone Check Your Essay
Outside perspective is always insightful to ensure your sentence structure and grammar are of top form. However, be cautious that the person doesn’t edit it in such a way that your perspective is lost.
6. Length: Less is More.
This essay is basically you marketing yourself to the College, and a key to good marketing is being short, sweet and to the point. Be concise; a short sentence will grip your reader quicker than one which runs over four lines. Admissions officers read thousands of essays; if yours is too long, it might run the risk of being boring.
College essays shouldn't be overwhelming. Like all good things in life, you need to dedicate time to it. “No one can tell your story, so tell it yourself. No one can write your story, so write it yourself.”
To all students, both in our programme and out, we wish you the best of luck in your upcoming application essays. Good luck!
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