8 Tips For Writing The Application Essay
Your application essay is a very important part of the admission process for college. It can help a student with less than stellar scores or grades get into the school of their chose. The extraordinary student can be rejected for lack of a essay that stands out. There are certain things that you will want to keep in mind when writing an application essay.
1. Determine what you want to say. What is the material you most want to project? Instead of being flamboyant and dramatic, make it concise and straight forward.
2. Avoid the over use of "I". It's okay to use it but not to excess. If it is used several times in one sentence, there is something wrong and it should be redone.
3. An essay that is filled with "things", "aspects" or "stuff" is going to end up in the pile marked "Rejections". Be precise in what "stuff" is and explain exactly what you mean by "aspects". The greater the revision and the more clarity you bring to it, the better.
4. Be alert to using too many adverbs or adjectives. Using too many can ruin what you are trying to do and make out like you are trying too hard to impress. You are better off using a strong verb.
5. Using too many of the most common verb "to be" will only take the energy out of your essay. Find other words to use.
6. Cliches have no place in this essay. It is much more effective without them and the reader will find the passage more interesting without them.
7. Make your piece gripping and precise by not using the passive voice too often or if at all. Use proper nouns and emphasize the main object of the sentence. Don't use weak verbs like "there are" or "it is" and phrases like "it seems" for they are uninspiring and really don't do anything for the sentence.
8. Be careful about digressing away from your chosen path. A good anecdote or cute little story may engage your reader but usually it adds nothing to your piece but a lot of extra words.
Your grades have shown your intelligence and now, with a well chosen subject, your essay can show your personality and reveal your true passions. A time in your life that was difficult and how you rose above it told in a well thought out manner will do far more than listing the honors you have won.
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