May 22nd 2013

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4 Tips for Writing a College Admissions Essay

Are you about to start writing your college admissions essay? Don’t stress! We have 4 tips that will make the essay writing process simpler and smoother. Enjoy!

1.  Stay focused
Once you have started writing, stay on topic. Choose an experience in which you learned a life-changing lesson or have a story to tell and work hard to stay on this particular subject. Don’t be tempted to stray off topic or throw in other achievements along the way.

2. Describe the “why,” not the “what”
Start your application essay by explaining “why” you did something that you are proud of rather than just describing “what” you did or “how” you did it. Describing what prompted you to start your own business (the “why”) is more interesting than the details of how you did it (the “what”).

3. What makes YOU unique?
Describe the talents, hobbies and skills that YOU bring with you to college. Write about what sets you apart from other applicants. Did you build a rocket? Start a charity?

4. Write with passion
Write with the same passion that you bring to your hobbies, talents, and skills. The reader will be able to tell if you are writing with passion or just writing to get the job done.

Good luck! Do you have any other helpful tips to add?

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