“Use your personal essay to shine a light on something that sets you apart. Do you volunteer at a food pantry, act in community theater, or help care for an older relative? Describe what you’re doing—and why.”
—Dr. William A. Edmonds, dean of admissions at California University of Pennsylvania
Much of college is a numbers game—GPA, test scores, rankings. So when you get the chance to tell your story in your own words, choose carefully and make them count!
Writing a Résumé...
Name of school
- City and state.
- Years/grades attended.
- Special training.
- Part-time jobs.
- Community service projects.
- Religious group activities.
- Volunteer work.
- Athletic involvement.
- Honor societies.
- Artistic or musical abilities.
- Honor roll.
- Elected positions (especially leadership roles).
- Competitive awards.
5 Fab Rules of Essay Writing
Should your essay be fresh and original? Of course! But certain elements of the process do come standard. Consider these the 5 Fs of essay writing…
- Flow. You’ve brainstormed to find your topic. Now it’s time to put structure and grammar on hold and just start writing!
- Frame. Your essay should consist of three parts: intro, body, and conclusion. Remember, a hooky intro is everything!
- Focus. Maintain an active voice, and be sure that every part of your story supports your thesis.
- Frankness. What are you looking for in a college? A great campus vibe? Famous alumni? Extracurricular opportunities? Let those passions shine!
- Feedback. Friends, classmates, and teachers can all double as editors, helping you spot mistakes that you may have overlooked.