COLLEGE APPLICATION ESSAYS: DO'S AND DONT'S
24 October 2020
By Tomiwa Akintode
Your College Application essay is the first and only
chance you have for your admissions officer to get to
know who you are. It is an opportunity for you to stand
out from your peers and show what your values and
thought process is like. This is why it is important to
know the do's and dont's while writing your application
essay so you can write the best essay that you can!
So here are some tips that could help you while you
begin the application process!
RESPOND TO THE PROMPT:
You might have a lot of things to say about
yourself because you have only this one
chance to show who you are, but remember to
stick to the prompt! Don't talk about your
favorite movie when you've been asked to
describe your role model. It won't do you any
good writing on a subject no one asked you
Nobody knows you like you know yourself, so tell
YOUR STORY! You can never go wrong with using
personal anecdotes to explain your point. Since it
is your own story, you'll only be judged on how
well you tell it, so be as honest and detailed as
Don't forget to make sure it connects with the
prompt; otherwise it will only be a random story
nobody cares to hear about!
SHOW YOUR KNOWLEDGE ABOUT THE SCHOOL:
While writing your essay, make sure you include
details you've learnt about the school during visits
or through research. Mention places of interest,
professors or events that have taken place during
that time. Also use examples to show how you will
fit into the college culture. This shows that you've
done your homework and that you have true
interest in the school.
START ON TIME:
I cannot stress the importance starting on time has on
your writing. You can't start writing your essays two
weeks before the deadline when you have 5 colleges
to apply to. This will lead to your essay being rushed
and you won't have enough time to write as much
details as you wish to. Prepare for your essay months
before the deadline so that you have ample time to
write and make corrections if necessary!
We have gone over the things you should do while
writing your essay, but here are some mistakes you should
DON'T EXCEED THE REQUIRED LIMIT:
Paying attention to details is one skill you'll need
throughout your time in college and you can start
practicing it while writing your application essay.
Colleges want to know that you're an attentive
student so make sure you are checking to see if
you're staying within the required length limit!
DON"T RELY ON SPELLCHECKS:
Usually, spellchecks catch a lot of mistakes but not
every single detail so proof-read your paper as much
as you can. There are many helpful tips to aid your
proofreading, e.g. reading your paper from bottom to
top, taking a break and then re-reading it again.
Doing this can help you catch mistakes you would not
regularly find. Also ask other people to read your
paper, they might catch some things that might seem
normal to you.
Cheating is unacceptable behavior and it can reflect
poorly on your character once you're caught.
Everyone has their own unique stories that make them
stand out so trust in yourself and do your best to make
sure you stand out. Copying someone else's work might
not help you make a strong impression of who you are as a candidate for your dream school.
We hope these tips are helpful as you begin writing. If you need additional help, call us at (205) 719-9068