Pointers to Remember in Writing a Winning College Admission Essay


June 1, 2013TipsNo comments

Most colleges and universities rate application essays as a very important part of the admission process. It this reason that only a few selected students can pass top universities’ admission as they tend to reject essays that are poorly written. If you are a college-bound student and wanting to get admitted to the University of your Dreams, it would be best to learn some tips and secrets on how to write an application essay. It must be the kind of a winning essay that could serve as a ticket to your college education. An exceptional essay should demonstrate your writing skills, reasons why you chose the university’s degree program and future plans upon graduation. However, your high school grades and college entrance test are also the things that would matter the most, so it is only imperative to work hard on them.

One of the foremost things to remember when writing an application essay is to avoid listing your previous activities and achievements. It is an essay that you would be doing so there are colleges that provide their applicants enough space where to place all this information. The important thing is to tell your personal story that made you decide to undertake a degree of your own choice. It is best to carefully select the details you will include in the essay. Those details should tell about your passion, personality and significant experience. For example, you can write in full narration about your previous difficulties and the ways you took to overcome them. These details are far more substantial than a long list of your accomplishments, grades and test scores. A winning essay shall reveal your mature personality and depth as a growing person.

In order to capture the interest of the admission committee members, it is advisable to somehow use a touch of humor in your essay. It will lighten up your story, give a different angle about your personality, and could tell something about your witticism. Essays that are full of bad puns and unnecessary jokes often end up in the pile of rejected essays. And writing essays with a very serious tone may usually sound foolish rather than being wise and sharp. Remember that in any text, tone is a factor that could get the interest and attention of the readers as it can help you deliver your emotions fluidly, and help your readers understand your message.

The content of your essay should reveal your character as a student and as a person. A lot of universities/colleges rate this criterion as extremely significant in their decisions. You can tell about your character in three different ways like through an interview, the role you played in your previous involvements, and an essay. Among these places, the essay is the best way to have a full explanation of your character through story-telling. It is also illuminating as you give yourself a chance to educate your readers about life and convince them that your personality and character fit the qualities they look for a college student.


About The Author: Nicole McGrey is a teacher at Edinburg High School for 5 years and currently taking PHd at University of Illinois. Her writing includes few notes about Eric Schiffer. Follow her on Twitter @NicoleMcGrey

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