As a high school student, writing college essays can be one of the most daunting tasks. It's a crucial aspect of the college application process that requires students to showcase their unique qualities and experiences. Why? Well, because many colleges rely upon essays more than they do scores (test-optional schools) and with the rise of artificial intelligence, colleges want to know your student as much as they can.
The Importance of the Student Voice
Parents should be involved in the brainstorming process, but not to the point where the student's unique voice is lost. A student's writing style is different from that of a 40 or 50-year-old. The essay is an opportunity for students to showcase their personality and to tell their stories. Therefore, students should be honest and vulnerable in their writing while also highlighting their achievements. My advice: do not be too humble; students should be proud of their accomplishments.
Contributions to the World
Colleges want to hear from the students themselves and students need to write about the contributions they've made to the world. This can include lessons learned or documenting an experience in their lives. Recently we had a student write about how they volunteered to shovel snow for an elderly neighbor. This act of kindness led to the student starting a small business with friends. The lesson learned was about giving to others, which resulted in something unexpected. Sharing personal experiences and their impact is a great way to make an impression in a college essay.
The Role of Strategic Admissions Advice
When I founded Strategic Admissions Advice 17 years ago (WOW!) I knew I could teach students how to write. I have a Master's in English and have taught English at several schools. We pride our company on specializing in how to help students with their college applications, especially their essays. Yes, we also provide guidance for students in creating their college list and developing a college strategy. For those who need college essay assistance, we offer a course called "How To Write an Awesome College Essay," in which we provide feedback to students on their essays.
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Writing a college essay can be a stressful and overwhelming process, but with the right guidance and support, it can also be awesome and rewarding!
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