What are colleges looking for in an essay? Learning and living with people of varied ethnic, social and religious backgrounds will be transformational.
But, he warns, "The only danger is that the essay is going to be read by admission officers, each with a potentially different expectation for that essay.
She advises students to view the essay as an opportunity. Many institutions now ask applicants to sign a statement avowing that the essay submitted is their own work.
How important is the essay section? It's just a missed opportunity. Working to help my community, working with people who did not receive the same privileges I did, and working to improve the area around me made me see that these hours I am completing should not just be some checkbox I tick on a to-do list.
Warn students not to go overboard with flattery. They should sound sincere but not ingratiating.
What college isn't going to say, 'We like that, we need that'? If you're pre-med, provide a list of courses that specifically interest you: What class or professor you would like to learn from?
What makes you interesting is a really important aspect of your essay. There are five prompts to choose from on the Common App, other schools will vary: Your personal background story How you learned from a failure How you challenged a belief or idea An ideal place you experienced An experience that marked your transition to adulthood Many students have already drafted their essays, but many more have not.