Useful Tips to Write Flawless College Admission Essays
Many research groups have been constituted in the past to determine how prospective college entrants are shortlisted and selected. One common finding has been that, barring special considerations, good universities and colleges induct only the top 10% of their highly qualified applicants.
This is the one caveat that you simply cannot overlook: You are competing with many other hopefuls to make it to the top 10%. You may have done very well so far and have great GPA and SAT scores. The others may have done equally well, if not better. It is entirely up to you to convince the college admission panel to select you for admission. One way of doing so is by writing an articulate, cogent and focused college admission essay. Here are some tips to help you to that end:
1. Most colleges do not conduct interviews. The college admission essay is your only personal tool amidst strangers. Use it intelligently and clearly show that you are narrowing an initially broad-based document to reflect your goal while also projecting your image in the desired perspective. You must make the person reading your college admission essay, one of the many in the pile, sit up and say, “Hey, who do we have here?” He will probably pass it around for the entire panel to read.
2. If the college does conduct interviews, your college admission essay is the brochure that heralds your entry, with the screening panel all agog to see if their image of you in true life matches the mental image they had formed of you. Your first impression is your last impression and it is formed in just four seconds. (If, perchance, you trip and fall after knocking and entering, be sure to say when you stand up, “At least I fell into good company!”). Your bearing and demeanor must be exemplary.
3. Options for topic of essay. There are unlimited options for the type of essay. Select one that shows the compulsions that are driving you towards academic excellence, indirectly stating that this college is, in your opinion, the best option over others. The topic could be economic privation and watching your parent/s strive ceaselessly to give you the best education. It could be hero-worship, like following in the footsteps of your father/mother/elder brother or somebody who has made a strong impact on your life. It could well be controlled ambition, looking at future prospects.
4. Add life to those faceless sheets of paper, your college admission essay. You have to imbue that short document with vibrancy and dynamism to bring it to life. Insert your character into your paper. Whatever your topic be, remain focused, appear motivated and persevering, add a pinch of humor, do not over-project yourself or appear domineering and be absolutely honest to yourself and your college-to-be.
At the end of the day, it is your will-power, your psyche, your driving force, your id and your motivation that will take you where you want to go and your passport to your destination is that short article you wrote as your college admission essay.