ACE the COLLEGE ADMISSION ESSAY

An ESSAY is a short work written from the author’s point of view. Essays can consist of a number of elements, and may seem very similar to a commentary or blog.  What distinguishes the essay is its deeply personal tone, and a theme that unfolds largely through personal observations, recollections, and reflections on his or her life and experience.

According to an admissions trend study conducted by the National Association of College Admissions Counseling, over 62% of colleges said that the college admission essay or writing sample was either “considerably important” or “moderately important” in the admissions decision.  (See the whole survey at http://www.nacacnet.org/studentinfo/articles/Pages/Factors-in-the-Admission-Decision.aspx)

College admission essay questions are generally broad, and epic in what they want you to convey.  They are intended to help you reveal your personal philosophies and your personality.  They are meant to test your critical and your creative thinking skills, as well as your ability to make abstract connections.

Here are some examples of actual college essay topics:

  • What is a mission you are accomplishing on this earth?
  • Describe a significant event that changed the course of your life.
  • How would your friends characterize you? Look at yourself from the outside and describe what you see.

When it comes to writing your response to such a broad and abstract question, where do you begin!??!?

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