How to Craft the Perfect College Application Essay

For me, the application essay was the most daunting part of applying to college.  When it came time to write it, my GPA, test scores, and extracurriculars were already out of my hands.  There was nothing I could do about them now, but what was still in my hands was the essay.  It was the one thing I could control – and that made it all the more terrifying.

Also called the “personal statement,” this is your chance to show a school who you really are outside of a bunch of numbers.  No pressure, right?  You want to stand out, but not in a bad way.  You don’t want to be boring, but you also have no idea what to write about.  Where do you even start?  Lucky for you, I got through my essay, and now I can help you do the same.


Do something outside the box.

Be different.  Take your topic (it’ll probably have something to do with describing an experience) and get creative.  Counselors don’t have a lot of time to read your essay, so hook them with the first line.

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