I thought I would jot down my thoughts and advice on crafting that college or grad school application essay. A lot of schools for undergraduates use the common application but even schools that do not use it do just have usually a Statement About Me or something like that. This is your chance to really shine - to show who you are.
My #profadvice for crafting your college essays is to always be authentic. Show what it is about you that makes you you. If you struggled with something, talk about it and include how you overcame it. If you have not overcome it yet, then include your plan to move forward and get better at it. Have a theme for your essay and include in it your plan for succeeding at the college you are applying to - the one you think you will excel at. How can you make that college better? Can you bring some skill, some level of play, something unique and exciting? Are you in sports? Are you a dancer? Are you a math expert?
It is important to put yourself in the best light and to remember that admissions committee members are reading hundreds and hundreds of essays. When you are the perfect candidate, you can have everything but if your essay is lacking, it can make you miss out on some opportunities
As part of my business, I also help people with their justifications for why they should be allowed to transfer to a school if their first school was not the right fit for them. Some young college students go away and have true freedom for the first time and do not focus and study and then suffer with poor grades. A big part of these justifications is to include what was the issue honestly and include the action plan to correct it. I enjoy helping craft these as much as the ones for the candidates who are applying to their dream programs. We are human and we all struggle and make mistakes - the essays need to be proof-read, tell a cohesive story and truly represent who you are and what your strengths and talents are for the schools you are applying to attend.
What do you think about my advice for the application essays? Have you written one yet? Did you find the process painful or painless? Happy Hunting!
Lisa Vento Nielsen