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Writing Effective Essays

Writing Effective Essays

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Writing Effective Essays
 
Why Colleges Ask For Essays
College admission committees read thousands of applications, and most of the content reduces theapplicant to mere numbers: GPA, test scores, classrank, etc. Even extra curricular activities becomeimpersonal and repetitive lists that don¶t really tellthem who you are. As such, colleges that ask for essays are extending you an invitation ±anopportunity to let them get to know the real you.This is an invitation you should graciously acceptand take very seriously.
 
Essay Goals
Demonstrate that you¶ve mastered the English language.Prove that you can write clearly and well, as this is a strongindicator of college success.Personalize your application ±give the inside view of you.Ensure that the admission staff get to know you a bit bytelling a story that only you could tell.Show something else about you and/or how you seeyourself.Present a vivid portrait of you that will help you stand out andbe unique. What will you contribute to the college?Reveal your preferences, your aspirations, your values andhow you think.Show what is important to you, what has impacted you ±inother words, what makes you YOU.

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