Dos And Don’ts Of The College Essay


ORLANDO, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) — Between 2000 and 2015, the percentage of 18 to 24 year olds enrolled in college climbed from about 35 percent to 40 percent. Getting into the university of your choice is more competitive than ever, but there are ways to write an essay to improve your odds.

The college essay, it can make or break your chances of getting into the school of your dreams. Some people spend a lot of time writing it.

But the average admissions officer only spends about three to five minutes reading it, so yours needs to stand out.  Do start with an interesting anecdote about yourself that grabs the reader. Also make your writing specific. Instead of saying “I’m passionate about working with kids,” provide solid examples of times you’ve helped children. Do highlight your volunteer work and extracurricular activities. And do explain why the school’s specific curriculum will benefit you. You might also want to include why you like the location and atmosphere.

Don’t make your essay generic or ignore the instructions. Admissions officers want to hear from the real you, so write the way you talk, don’t use a thesaurus to add big words. And above all else, make sure your essay is free of any grammar and spelling errors. Have at least two other people read it over. If you need a proofreader, essayedge-dot-com offers editors to read your writing.

After you submit your essay, regularly check your email and voicemail for responses. Many students only check texts and could miss an interview request from the college.

Contributor(s) to this news report include: Julie Marks, Producer; Angela Clooney, Videographer and Editor.

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