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Even seemingly boring topics can be made into exceptional admissions essays with an innovative
approach. In writing the essay you must bear in mind your two goals: to persuade the admissions officer that you are extremely
worthy of admission and to make the admissions officer aware that you are more than a GPA and a standardized score, that you
are a real-life, intriguing personality.
Unfortunately, there is no surefire step-by-step method to writing a good essay. EssayEdge
editors at will remake your essay into an awesome, memorable masterpiece, but every topic requires a different treatment since
no two essays are alike. However, we have compiled the following list of tips that you should find useful while writing your
You can follow the next 12 steps, but if you miss the question, you will not be admitted
to any institution.
Even seemingly boring essay topics can sound interesting if creatively approached. If writing
about a gymnastics competition you trained for, do not start your essay: "I worked long hours for many weeks to train for
XXX competition." Consider an opening like, "Every morning I awoke at 5:00 to sweat, tears, and blood as I trained on the
uneven bars hoping to bring the state gymnastics trophy to my hometown."
Admissions officers want to learn about you and your writing ability. Write about something
meaningful and describe your feelings, not necessarily your actions. If you do this, your essay will be unique. Many people
travel to foreign countries or win competitions, but your feelings during these events are unique to you. Unless a philosophy
or societal problem has interested you intensely for years, stay away from grand themes that you have little personal experience
For some reason, students continue to think big words make good essays. Big words are fine,
but only if they are used in the appropriate contexts with complex styles. Think Hemingway.
If you are not adept with imagery, you can write an excellent essay without it, but it's
not easy. The application essay lends itself to imagery since the entire essay requires your experiences as supporting details.
Appeal to the five senses of the admissions officers.
Expect admissions officers to spend 1-2 minutes reading your essay. You must use your introduction
to grab their interest from the beginning. You might even consider completely changing your introduction after writing your
Don't Summarize in your Introduction. Ask yourself why a reader would want to read
your entire essay after reading your introduction. If you summarize, the admissions officer need not read the rest of your
Create Mystery or Intrigue in your Introduction. It is not necessary or recommended
that your first sentence give away the subject matter. Raise questions in the minds of the admissions officers to force them
to read on. Appeal to their emotions to make them relate to your subject matter.
Your introduction can be original, but cannot be silly. The paragraphs that follow must
relate to your introduction.
Applicants continue to ignore transition to their own detriment. You must use transition
within paragraphs and especially between paragraphs to preserve the logical flow of your essay. Transition is not limited
to phrases like "as a result, in addition, while . . . , since . . . , etc." but includes repeating key words and progressing
the idea. Transition provides the intellectual architecture to argument building.
The conclusion is your last chance to persuade the reader or impress upon them your qualifications.
In the conclusion, avoid summary since the essay is rather short to begin with; the reader should not need to be reminded
of what you wrote 300 words before. Also do not use stock phrases like "in conclusion, in summary, to conclude, etc." You
should consider the following conclusions:
Expand upon the broader implications of your discussion.
Consider linking your conclusion to your introduction to establish a sense of balance
by reiterating introductory phrases.
Redefine a term used previously in your body paragraphs.
End with a famous quote that is relevant to your argument. Do not try to do this,
as this approach is overdone. This should come naturally.
Frame your discussion within a larger context or show that your topic has widespread appeal.
Remember, your essay need not be so tidy that you can answer why your little sister died
or why people starve in Africa; you are not writing a "sit-com," but should forge some attempt at closure.
Spend a week or so away from your draft to decide if you still consider your topic and approach
Ask editors to read with these questions in mind:
WHAT is the essay about?
Have I used active voice verbs wherever possible?
Is my sentence structure varied or do I use all long or all short sentences?
Do you detect any clich鳿
Do I use transition appropriately?
Do I use imagery often and does this make the essay clearer and more vivid?
What's the best part of the essay?
What about the essay is memorable?
What's the worst part of the essay?
What parts of the essay need elaboration or are unclear?
What parts of the essay do not support your main argument or are immaterial to your case?
Is every single sentence crucial to the essay? This MUST be the case.
What does the essay reveal about your personality?
Could anyone else have written this essay?
How would you fill in the following blank based on the essay: "I want to accept you to
this college because our college needs more ________."
Revise, Revise, Revise. You only are allowed so many words; use them wisely. If H.D.
Thoreau couldn't write a good essay without revision, neither will you. Delete anything in the essay that does not relate
to your main argument. Do you use transition? Are your introduction and conclusions more than summaries? Did you find every
single grammatical error?
Allow for the evolution of your main topic. Do not assume your subject must remain fixed
and that you can only tweak sentences.
Editing takes time. Consider reordering your supporting details, delete irrelevant sections,
and make clear the broader implications of your experiences. Allow your more important arguments to come to the foreground.
Take points that might only be implicit and make them explicit.
Have your Essay Professionally Edited. The application essay is too important not
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grammar, and tone; They will also make content suggestions to ensure your essay is unique and memorable.
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