How to Write a Winning Admissions Essay

The admission panel of any college attaches a lot of importance to the essay presented during the admission process. So you must make sure that you present an exceptional application essay to the admission panel. This would help you get a higher score and make your chances of getting into the college brighter.

I have given some guidelines below that will surely help you bring out an exceptional application essay. So, what are we waiting for? Let’s get started!

Short and Crisp with Vital Points Highlighted:

Make a list of your vital accomplishments and then present in this in a short and crisp manner in your essay. Do not put all the accomplishments in the same place making it a huge list. Segregate your accomplishments in various appropriate sections like extracurricular activities, merits and so on and place your accomplishments in relevant sections. This will make the essay presentable.

Spend Time in Organizing Points:

Before sitting down to write the essay, take time to organize and note points reflecting your attributes, character, achievements and so on. Making points helps you present your application well and cover all points in the appropriate sections. Do not wait till the last minute to organize the entire piece in one go – it usually doesn’t work out. Spend your time wisely – start with penning and organizing points for your essay.

Express Your Personality:

Make sure you express your aims and personality in your application. You can also narrate some instances to show your personality in depth. The scores achieved by you reflect your intelligence and the points highlighting your personality would reflect your thoughtful and mature attributes. So, make your essay such that it gives a well-rounded view of your entire personality.

Make your Application a little Light:

Your college application need not be too heavy. Present your application with a dash of humor and a thoughtful touch. However, make sure you don’t overdo this, as this would end in the rejection of your application.

Concentrate on Tone of Your Application:

While presenting your accomplishments in the essay, take care to present it in a soft tone with humility and generosity towards others. Take essential care to present your accomplishments with a balance on your pride. Tell all, but with a good pinch of modesty.

Highlight Your Character and Attributes:

Generally, many colleges give higher scores to the positive character traits and attributes reflected in your essay. This is because this helps them to spot a good citizen and a prospective excellent disciplined student for their college. So take essential care while preparing this section and make this point clearly visible in your essay.

Avoid Grammar and Spelling Mistakes:

Your application essay must be free from punctuation, grammar and spelling mistakes. Essays having these mistakes will definitely be rejected. Since punctuation, grammar and spelling mistakes speak much about the quality of your work, take enough time and care to avoid such mistakes – make sure you submit a high quality essay.

You need strong writing skills to present a remarkable college application essay and one that does not get turned down in the selection process. If you feel you don’t have the requisite writing skills, try to get help from your friends or parents who can do the editing part to make your essay effective.

Don’t Overwrite – Keep to the Number of Words Specified:

Generally, many colleges specify the limit on the number of words for your application essay. For instance, if the college admission has specified 800 words, do not write an essay of 1200 words. This would result in rejection. Always take care to limit the number of words to that which is specified.

Always Present an Original Essay:

Make your application essay reflective and do not boast about too many things. Always present original points, don’t just copy paste from something you’ve read on the web or from samples – it’s the worst thing you could do! Keep the essay simple if you must, but be 100% authentic.

Steps to follow while writing your College Essay:

  • Chart out the points like accomplishments, attributes etc.
  • Decide the format and sections to be placed in the essay
  • Prepare a rough draft of the essay
  • Review for grammar, spelling and punctuation mistakes and correct the same
  • Read and edit again, if needed
  • Present it to your friends or relatives if needed, for editing
  • Proofread it again and then its ready!

Following all the above guidelines will make your essay reader-friendly. It will ensure that your essay gets highlighted and is interesting enough to stand out among the other thousands of essays.

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