12 Tips to Writing the Perfect College Essay

More than any other consideration, you should choose a topic or point of view that is consistent with who you truly are.

Be Authentic

start your essay with an opening sentence or paragraph that immediately seizes the imagination. This might be a bold statement, a thoughtful quote, a question you pose, or a descriptive scene.

Grab the Reader From the Start

Some essay writers think they will impress committees by loading an essay with facts, figures, and descriptions of activities, like wins in sports or descriptions of volunteer work. But that’s not the point.

Focus on Deeper Theme

As you expand on whatever theme you’ve decided to explore in your essay, remember to show, don’t tell.

Show Don’t Tell

If you want your essay to stand out, think about approaching your subject from an entirely new perspective.

Try Doing Something Different

Writing for the reader means building a clear and logical argument in which one thought flows naturally from another.

Write With the Reader in Mind

Set your essay aside for a few days and come back to it after you’ve had some time to forget what you’ve written. Often, you’ll discover you have a whole new perspective that enhances your ability to make revisions.

Write Several Draft

Reading your essay aloud can instantly uncover passages that sound clumsy, long-winded, or false.

Read It Aloud

If you’ve mentioned an activity, story, or anecdote in some other part of your application, don’t repeat it again in your essay.

Don’t Repeat