Capturing Brilliance…with Your Application Essay

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What is your essay about?

It’s not about grades, scores, achievements…it’s about

YOU!!!

Schools search for curious, articulate people who can think and write both coherently and intelligently.

More than 60% of schools don’t require an essay; at others, a well-written essay is a must!

Regardless of the essay topic, the real topic is you.

Your readers want a glimpse into your life, your personality, your thought process, your humor. They want to know if you can learn from your experiences.

So, here are a few basic guidelines to follow in developing a strong essay…

Analyze the essay question, carefully noting any and all requirements, especially word counts. Follow instructions verbatim.

Don’t delay; procrastination usually worsens the experience. Talk through your topic, recording your thoughts.

Demonstrate thoughtfulness. You might consider writing about not-so-successful situations where you learned about yourself.

Treat your essay like you were writing a story. Develop a strong story line through outlining your essay.

Bring to life the person revealed by your grades, scores, recommendations, and extracurriculars.

Ask trusted people to review your essay; but, don’t let them change your style or what you’re conveying. Be sure it’s coherent and grammatically correct.

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