Adapted from Natavi Guides, Students Helping Students
Leave yourself enough time to think about and write your essays.
Definitely start before the fall of your senior year. Your first draft
should not be your last.
Look over your applications before you
start to see if any essay topics are repeated; you may be able to
minimize the number you have to write. With that said, recycle essays
carefully to make sure they are appropriate and accurate. For example:
Don't forget to change the college name in the essay from one college to
Stay on topic. Make sure to answer the question posed by each essay topic.
Write about something that matters to you and that you care about. Be
positive. Don't whine; when writing about a difficult experience, focus
on what you've learned from it and how it has made you
Be honest and genuine in your
essay. Don't try to write what admissions officers want to hear. Play up
your achievements, but don't exaggerate.
When writing about an
experience or person, don't just describe it or them, focus on how your
life was impacted in a significant way as a result.
Sound like a
person when you write. Big words and overly formal sentences can make
your essay sound stiff and forced. Avoid cliche's; they take away from
the genuine and honest nature of your essay.
Have someone you trust, like your teachers, counselor, parent or relative read your essay and listen to their feedback.
Read your essay as if you were the admissions officer. Ask yourself
what it tells about you as a person. Does your personality and character
Proofread, proofread, proofread, and when you
think it's perfect, proofread again. Don't rely on your computer's