Written by Lily McIntyre
Hi everyone! I hope you've all been holding up okay and have been taking care of yourselves. Keep reading for the second edition of our Summer Series on college essay writing, and feel free to browse through previous blog posts for more tips when it comes to perfecting your essay!
Show, don’t tell: I touched on this during last week's post using examples from my own college essay, but I really want to highlight the importance of showing, not telling in your story. The admissions officers should never explicitly read the words “driven”, “passionate”, and “enthusiastic” in reference to yourself and your abilities, but they should be able to read between the lines of your essay to decode that you’re driven, passionate, and enthusiastic. By providing examples in which you showcase these qualities instead of listing qualities, they can gain a greater understanding of how you’ll positively contribute to their school.
Thank you for reading, and stay tuned for the next tip!
Written by Lily McIntyre
Hey everyone! I hope you’ve all been staying well and are taking good care of yourselves. For the next couple of weeks, I’ll be starting a series of essay-writing tips that may help you as you navigate the college essay/application process. Keep reading for the first tip, and don’t forget to keep an eye out for the next edition of this series!
Your story should help, not hurt you: If you’re to get anything out of this post, I hope it’s this: Don’t let your story hold you back in your essay. You might have a really interesting story, but it might be too specific and limit you from talking about everything you want to in a coherent way. If this applies to you, maybe think of a general metaphor that you can weave mini-stories into instead. For my own college essay, I talked about my favorite word game, Bananagrams. I exhibited my personal growth by starting off with a scene from when I was a kid playing Bananagrams in which I traded in my hard letters like Q and X in for easier ones to make words with. I related this story to parts of my life in which I took the easy way out and shied away from challenges. Later in the essay, I gave examples from when I grew older that showed my rising up to challenges and facing my fears. Finally, I tied it all together by discussing a game of Bananagrams in the present day where I didn’t trade in my letters and made creative words with the more difficult letters I already had.
As someone who was going through this process a couple of years ago, I understand how difficult writing your essay can be. Remember to take care of yourselves and prioritize you throughout this process!
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