The college application essay is a chance for students to stand out among other applicants. In fact, the essay is the one part of the application that the student has complete control. Students have complete control over the essay because they can show the admissions readers what makes them unique.
Here are the 5 most common college application essay questions:
- Write about a book you‘ve read
- Who is someone you admire?
- Why do you want to attend this college?
- Tell about a meaningful activity to you.
- What do you want to do 10 years from now?
Each question emphasizes “you.” Admissions readers want to hear from you, in your authentic voice. Writing in your voice is what makes the essay response unique and only a story that you can tell.
In writing the college application essay, you can be creative, use dialogue, or focus on a single moment. Keep in mind though that the college application essay is not an academic exercise. Your essay should come from the heart.
In blog postings over the next 5 weeks (on Monday), we will post tips for crafting a strong response for each of these different question types.