The college application essay is one of the best ways to show admissions officers who you are as an individual. According the the National Association for College Admission Counseling, 83% of colleges report that application essays play a huge part in admissions decisions. An essay this important has to be just right! Here are a few Do's and Don'ts for application essay writing:
- Tell the truth. You'll want to put your best foot forward, of course, but avoid telling lies or stretching the truth to extremes. Admissions officers will most likely be able to figure out that you didn't really climb Mt.Everest with Britney Spears over the summer (if you actually did... contact us. That would make a great story.)
- Write about something you care about. Colleges often give you a few application essay prompt options. Choose one that interests you- it is way easier to write about something you can relate to, and the admissions officers will be able to detect whether or not you care about the subject.
- Check your grammar! You're writing this essay to prove that you deserve a spot at the school you're applying to. The last thing you want to do is turn in a paper full of grammar and punctuation mistakes. After each draft, have a friend (or several friends) look over it for mistakes. The more eyes you can get to see your paper, the better.
- Brag. There's a fine line between talking about your accomplishments and sounding like you think you yourself hung the moon. Find that line, and stay on the correct side of it.
- Plagiarize. More often than not, you will be caught. The chances of a college admitting someone who is known to plagiarize are pretty slim. Save yourself the trouble- write your own essay. Admissions officers want to hear YOUR story. Click here to read more about the dangers of plagiarism.
- Disregard the rules. If the essay prompt asks you to write about your hero, write about your hero. If the essay is supposed to be exactly 500 words, make good use of the word count tool- that essay needs to be exactly 500 words.
Just remember : this essay needs to reflect who you are. Use our easy tips, and you're sure to impress any admissions counselor who reads your paper!