Posts Tagged ‘college essay tips’

How to Showcase Your Diversity in Your College Essay

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

200394126-001College campuses are striving to increase the diversity of their classes each year, believing that diversity enhances the multiple perspectives that a liberal arts education develops, as well as expanding knowledge and preparing students for life in a global community.

So what does this mean to you? This information can be used as an advantage in your college application; it is crucial that you demonstrate that you’ll bring something unique to campus and help create a microcosm of our diverse planet. (more…)

Common App Essay Tips

Friday, May 29th, 2015

App Essay Prompts

What does it mean to “share your story?” The pool of topics for common application essays is vast, but with this freedom comes the terrifying sense of getting the topic wrong or not communicating that urgent aspect of yourself that you meant to. College supplements often asks applicants to write about their strengths, their weaknesses, their suitability to college life and so forth. It all gets a bit hoop-jumpy, but that’s not to say you can’t write something meaningful or important to you, even when the prompts begin to blur and it feels like you’re having to write the same essay over and over.


College Essay Tips

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

103060359_47Timmy is ready to write his college essay.  He switches on his laptop, loads a fresh digital Word document, inhales with the anticipation of being hit with an idea, and pauses… Nothing. That’s fine. He waits a little longer, tries closing his eyes; maybe the right topic will just jump out at him… Still nothing. YouTube begins to look friendly. And so the procrastination begins… (more…)

What Not to Write About in your College Essay, Part III

Sunday, January 20th, 2013

Essay paper

Essay paper via Flickr: mrsdkrebs

Many college applicants write about someone who has influenced them, perhaps a relative, or a teacher, or someone they met through a community service program and built a friendship with. On the face of it, there’s no problem here. I mean, one of the essay choices on the Common App is “Indicate a person who has had a significant influence on you, and describe that influence.” So why is this on the “What Not to Write About” list? The reason it’s on here is that all too often, these essays end up being am amazing story about…someone else. Your great-grandmother started her own successful farm during the dust bowl, and ended up adopting twenty children and becoming a well-known landscape painter? Fabulous. I would love to hear that story. Unfortunately, however, your grandmother isn’t applying to college, so unless that essay is more about you than it is about her, it’s not much good to you. This isn’t so much a “don’t” as a warning—if you choose to write about someone who has had a significant influence on you, don’t forget the second half of the essay prompt—the “describe that influence” part. Make sure that the essay is about how knowing that person shaped you into the person you are today. (more…)