College Essay Writing Tips
1. Write about a meaningful experience, event or activity in your life. What did you learn from it? Why was it meaningful? How has it changed you for the better?
2. Tell a story. Admission officers read thousands of personal statements, and they want to know you through yours. Write in a way that your readers discover what you learned as they move through your essay.
3. Zoom in and pan out. Zoom in: in your first paragraph, document a small but important moment that captures the reader’s attention. Pan out from that moment in the following paragraphs, explaining how this event/experience has changed you.
4. Give yourself time to revise. This means putting days (not hours) between first and final drafts. Let your draft cool before you pick it up again.
5. Get feedback from someone who knows you well and from someone who doesn’t. Ask at least one question about your draft that you want each reviewer to address.
6. Proofread and spell check. To catch errors, use the tools on your computer and read a hard copy of your draft.
7. View this experience as an opportunity to think deeply about yourself and articulate how you have grown. I am sure you will learn something interesting and important! Take the process seriously, but approach it with a sense of discovery.