College Admission Process

What can you really accomplish in 650 words. There are a few things you should specifically be aiming for and all of them are easy enough to accomplish first of all you want to make yourself memorable.

In advertising the idea of making yourself memorable is called branding. Celebrities often call it star power what it really boils down to is finding something about yourself your experiences and what you have to offer to the world that is effortlessly recognizable and easily recollected what will make you stand out in a sea of similarly qualified applicants. If a group of admissions officers is sitting around the decision table all looking at groups of students with similar GPAs and activity lists, what will make the one reading your essay grab your application, stand up and say: take her, take the dancer who choreographed her presidential election?

 I want the trapeze artist with the fear of heights, don’t forget that hilarious soccer player with the gnarly feet. An admissions officer should be able to easily recall details that are emblematic of your personality and that a representative of who you are. At your core your essay should also tell admission something they don’t know, you should use these essays as an opportunity to say something that hasn’t been said. This is how I feel about this thing, this is what is important to me, this is what I value.

Maybe you talk about the bonding that occurs in mourning courage shared with your mom or your nerdy love of experimenting with model rocket ships, wouldn’t it be fun to detail your all-consuming allergy to processed foods we’re so sorry about that by the way, or maybe compare your talents and inner qualities to your favorite sports cars the students who are most successful.

Try to reveal something to admissions officers that they would not be able to find on your transcript and this doesn’t mean you can’t write about something that already appears on your activity list or in your academic report what it means is that your essay shouldn’t be about the mission of Habitat for Humanity or even what you did in your community service hours for the organization rather it should be about how your experience with Habitat for Humanity changed your life in a real and compelling way. What unexpected experience did you have there, how did it make you a more complete and interesting person. If you can’t tell a story that is personal and rebel Latorre, you should consider looking elsewhere for a topic your essay, should put your personality on display.

Are you studious and curious, are you sensitive and brave, are you determined, are you funny are you hungry, have a doughnut these qualities should shine through in your final essay, no matter the topic and admissions officers should feel like they’re getting a giant slice of you. In their family members and friends should be able to recognize your voice, a good test is to think would it be weird for anyone else to put his or her name at the top of my essay if so you’re on the right track you.