You’ll have the luxury of writing without the simultaneous pressure of schoolwork. When fall comes, you’ll be done except for any fine tuning, and will be able to focus on school visits, finalizing your list of schools to send applications in to, and completing applications while also keeping your focus on school work.
A few helpful points to consider include:
- Open a Common App account, if you don’t already have one and read the essay prompts. Also take a look at the websites for schools you’re considering that may have their own supplemental essays.
- When writing your essay, reveal something that isn’t in your transcript or test scores. You want to give admissions reps something to talk about when they’re in the meeting room deciding which candidate to admit.
- It’s not the topic you choose, but how you relate it to your life circumstances. Distinguish yourself from the crowd. You don’t need to write about anything exotic or abstract. A topic that’s ordinary and everyday can still help tell your own particular unique story if you do it in a thoughtful way.
- While you want your essay to be well written, it needs to convey your own voice. It’s okay to seek out help from a proof reader, but make sure your essay is in your own voice. Admissions officers want to hear what you have to say, not your parent or teacher or mentor.