Hey everyone! One important, and also time consuming, part of the college application process are the application essays. Along with school transcripts, test scores, and recommendations, most private and many public universities require students to write one or more essays to add to their application. The essay question might be to write about yourself, to write why you would like to attend a certain college or university, or to give an answer to a specific question, like “who do you most admire and why” or “what’s important?” Right now I am in the middle of working on essays for several different schools I am applying to. It’s always a challenge to fit these in along with school work and fall sports, but it has to be done!
It’s important to do your own writing when completing the essays, and to be yourself, as colleges can quickly see if an essay doesn’t sound like the words of a high school student. But it’s always good to talk over essay topics first with your parents and other adults, and definitely have them proofread it to make sure it’s the best it can be. It’s also good to do plenty of research on each college you are applying to, so when they ask “why do you want to go here?” you can answer with specific reasons that help them see what a good fit you will be for their school.
Here is a link to some more advice on what to expect from college essays from the College Board: