Write your college essay
Love it or hate it (you might be feeling the latter!), the college essay is an essential component of your admissions package. To understand why, put yourself in the shoes of a college admissions officer: You’ve read through 100 applications. The applicants have the same or similar qualifications. You can only admit half of them. How do you decide?
It’s what the college admissions officers learn about the applicant beyond those bullet points. It’s why the candidate wants to go to college and how it will change their life. It’s their personal story and professional aspirations. In other words: it’s what they write in their college essay.
Don’t let the college essay intimidate you! It’s important to relax and write from the heart. Here are some more tips to help you write a strong essay:
- Plan ahead: Give yourself plenty of time to write your essay. Try scheduling blocks of uninterrupted writing time.
- Be Yourself: Write your story, in your own voice. This will help you, and your application, stand out.
- Write and Rewrite: If you have time, write several drafts of your essay. The more versions you draft, the better your essay will be!
- Proofread your essay: And have someone proofread your essay too! It’s always good to have a second pair of eyes.
Ask for help when you need it
Between teachers, academic advisors, parents/guardians, and even your peers, there are plenty of people you can rely on to push through the college application process. Relying on your support system — and CSO’s tips for how to apply to college! — can help you complete your apps and get across the finish line.
Submit your apps and take a break
Take a break, relax, and most importantly, be patient! Remember, you put in the work and gave it your all. Now the only thing left to do is wait. Good luck — you got this!