Rising seniors, write your college essays this summer!
Focusing on your applications and particularly on writing your essays without the simultaneous pressure of schoolwork is a great way to get your college process underway. Then, when fall comes, you’ll be able to focus on school visits, finalizing your list of schools and completing applications while also concentrating 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.
- Take a look at the websites for schools you’re considering that may have their own supplemental essays.
- Use your essay as a tool to reveal a side of yourself that isn’t evident in your transcript or test scores. You want to give admissions reps a reason to remember who you are and an incentive to advocate for your candidacy.
- Don’t get hung up on the topic you choose. More important is how you relate that topic to your life circumstances. A topic that’s ordinary and everyday can still help tell your own particular unique story if you do it in a thoughtful way.
- Your essay should convey your own voice. It’s okay to seek out help from a proof reader, but make sure your essay is in your own words. Admissions officers want to hear what you have to say, not your parent or teacher or mentor.