Writing good college essays involves a lot of work: you need dozens of hours to get just one personal statement properly polished, and that's before you even start to consider any supplemental essays.
In order to make sure you have plenty of time to brainstorm, write, and edit your essay (or essays), I recommend starting at least two months before your first deadline.
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Writing your personal statement for your college application is an undeniably overwhelming project.
Once your writing is as effective and engaging as possible, you'll do a final sweep to make sure everything is correct.
This guide covers the following steps: #1: Organizing#2: Brainstorming#3: Picking a topic#4: Making a plan#5: Writing a draft#6: Editing your draft#7: Finalizing your draft#8: Repeating the process The first step in how to write a college essay is figuring out what you actually need to do.
In our experience, the main worry that applicants have is that their essay won’t stand out.
This is a legitimate concern as you will likely compete with numerous applicants who have backgrounds similar to yours. How does that information relate to your ability to excel in college?
Your admissions essay should reflect command of college-level vocabulary. Advanced vocabulary should be the spice of the essay to give it flavor, so you’ll use plain language most of the time.
One of the most common mistakes that we see in essays is using advanced vocabulary almost correctly. If you’re using a thesaurus, look online for examples of that word in action. Essays that are riddled with advanced vocabulary can seem pompous or even inadvertently comical to the reader. Can you substitute an advanced vocabulary word for a phrase?