Your parent has been on your case for the last few weeks now, school has just begun, and you’re finding out that many of your friends have already written most of their essays. Your guidance counselor has called a meeting for all seniors and has warned you of last minute applications and implored you to get your essays done ASAP. Reminders have come from all directions and you are now more stressed than ever. You haven’t a clue as to what to write about and every topic you think about you wonder if it has been done before (it usually has).
Your essay is the only part of the application where you have complete control, so take advantage of it and express your individuality. Make the essay come alive and help the admissions counselors who read it understand who you are and what’s important to you. Your essay should help an admissions counselor connect the dots between your grades, test scores, extracurricular involvements, and letters of recommendation. Your essay should tell your story.
The perfect essay may not pop into your head overnight and you will have to write several revisions, but if you think about the things you do, the passions you have and the talents you possess, you too can write a powerful college essay.