College Essays Can Provide a Glimpse into Your Soul
While student grades and test scores are clearly top factors in admissions office decisions, application essays often play a pivotal role. A real sense for who you are as a person and student like nothing else, essays give admissions readers. Some say these are typically a “glimpse into the soul.”
Most colleges require at least one essay as a part of these applications; some require two, three or maybe more. Ranging in length from just a few words to 1, two, or three pages of content, essay questions in almost any free-response section for the college application should be thought about a way to make a impression that is good.
During the National Association for College Admission Counseling’s (NACAC) yearly conference, college admissions deans have admitted repeatedly that poorly written essays can “do in” a student with top grades and test scores. and therefore great essays can sometimes turn the tide toward acceptance for a student with less-than-stellar grades and test scores.
These same deans have offered sage advice in regards to the dos and don’ts of writing college essays.
1. Write revealing, concise essays that inform, enlighten and amuse.
2. Present yourself as genuinely humble, modest, maybe even self-effacing.
3. Be yourself.
4. Answer each and every aspect of the essay question as best you can AND inside the character/word limit provided.
5. Come across as mature, positive, reflective, intelligent, down-to-earth, curious, persistent, confident, original, creative, thoughtful and hard-working. (more…)