“Give yourself plenty of time to write—and revise—your essay. Ask a teacher, guidance counselor, or family member to give you feedback. A compelling and well-written essay improves your chances of being admitted!”
—Jaini Chhaya, senior associate director of enrollment management at The University of Tampa
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.