Four Tips to Help You Write a Better Admissions Essay
It will be uncommon that you will find a college admissions application that does not include an admissions essay. However, there is no need to fear. Your essay is not being graded so much as it will be understood to be a reflection of your personality, your drive, and your mission. The purpose of a good admissions essay is to make your application stronger, and provide meaning to your interest in seeking admission.
It does not matter what you plan to major in. It does not matter where you went to high school. Of course, this is not to suggest that grades aren’t important, as they provide early access into admissions, but they are not the only thing that colleges consider when reviewing your application. What matters is your journey through life, no matter how short it has been, as well as your ambitions for the future.
Here is a handy guide to writing a great admissions essay. If you require a more detailed guide, contact a student coach today.
1. Have a Narrow Focus
You may be constrained in word or page length. In that case, you cannot possibly write about everything you want, without focusing solely on the superficial. It is far better to limit yourself in your essay’s scope, only including what is truly important to your rationale for applying to the university you are interested in attending.
You are just one out of thousands of prospective students who apply each year. Sometimes, this will not even be the first time someone has applied. The admissions officers at your prospective university, no matter how passionate they are, will only be able to take a few minutes (or even a glance) at your essay. Therefore, you need to make it sharp, easily digestible, and “to the point.” Have a narrow focus. To help narrow your focus, contact a professional student coach.
2. Topics Don’t Matter Until They Do
Since you take a limited amount of time to “wow” your admissions officer, you need to be on point. Let’s assume you want to enroll in pre-med. You are going to be competing against thousands of students who all want to get into pre-med. So, what makes you and your application special? Did a life experience influence you to want to become a doctor? Are you a naturally caring person, and how? Have you volunteered with a blood drive or organized your community for a medical cause, like the prevention of childhood diabetes? Think about what will make your application different, and special.
The topic does not matter per se, but there is a difference between writing about a formative life experience that influence you to become a doctor, versus writing you want to become a doctor due to the prestige and wealth. Choose your topic carefully and you will stand out as an applicant. For more focused and guided help to choose the perfect admissions essay topic, no matter your prospective major, contact a student coach