Soon, you’ll be submitting your test scores, your academic transcript and a summary of your extracurricular activities along with all your college applications. How will you tell Admissions who you really are, what you have to offer and what you’ll bring to their campus? Your essay should convey your own voice and tell your unique story. Weave your interests with you experiences and tell your personal tale with authenticity and passion. Highlight who you are, what you’ve done and what your goals are to demonstrate your qualities and individuality for Admissions to see.
A few helpful points to consider include:
-Make a list of all the essay topics you have to write about. Take a look at the websites for schools you’re considering that may have their own supplemental essays in addition to the essay required for the Common App.
-Define yourself and offer examples to support your story. For example, if your interest is working with children, you may choose to highlight your time volunteering at the local Boys & Girls Club. If your interest is medicine, write about the research you conducted in a hospital lab.
-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 story. For example, if your parents work and you helped care for younger siblings, share that with admissions in a thoughtful way.
-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.
Use your essay as a tool to reveal a side of yourself that isn’t evident in your transcript or test scores.