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Constructing a Strong Essay

Many college admissions and scholarship applications require students to write an essay.  Some may provide a writing prompt, but others may give little direction.  In either case, here are some tips to keep in mind.

  • The essay should be an appropriate word count.  Pay attention to the number of words they are asking for.
  • Do not start the essay with, "My name is..."  They have already read your application, so they already know your name.
  • Be careful to avoid misspelled words and grammatical errors.  This can be a big turnoff!
  • The essay should remain directed toward the appropriate subject.  Stay focused and remember your purpose.
  • If you have had to overcome some challenge or unique situation in your life, find a way to include that in your essay (if it is appropriate with the prompt).
  • Save the essay!!  With a little tweaking, most essays can be recycled and used multiple times.

Some essay topics
  • What are your major accomplishments, and why do you consider them accomplishments?
  • What was the most difficult time in your life, and why?  How did your perspective on life change because of this difficulty?
  • Have you ever struggled mightily for something and succeeded?  What made you successful?
  • What are your most important extracurricular or community activities?
  • What are your plans for the future?  When you look back at your life in 30 years, what would it take for you to consider your life successful?

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