Jumpstart Your College Essay

Rising seniors, get a head start on your college applications and write your essays this summer!

Writing your essays without the 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.

Consider the following:

  • 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 to see if they have their own supplemental essays.
  • Write an essay that reveals 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.
  • It’s no the topic, but how you relate that topic  to your life circumstances that’s important.  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 be well written and 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.
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