The next step to writing your essay is to create an outline.
You're hidden behind perfect grammar, sterile language, and phrases thrown in because "it's what admissions officers want to hear." Let me demystify something for you: I hate the things you write because "it's what admissions officers want to hear." They're boring. Then show your essays to two people - one who is a strong writer, and one who knows you really well (they can tell you if your essay is genuinely YOU). You’ll also have more fun throughout the writing process and feel satisfied with your essays because they will represent your true self.
And that’s quite an accomplishment among all the stress and pressure of the college application process.
Below are 8 steps you can take to ensure that your college essay is the best it can be.
Most college application essays are written based on a question or prompt.
Not many have taken the time to geek out about Edward Hopper on paper. Write how you speak: If your friends, family members, and teachers would describe you as silly, outgoing, and uninhibited, why would you submit a collection of essays all written in a formal, subdued tone?
(The same goes for you, introverts: if you’re quieter in person, write a quieter essay!
Brainstorm all of your ideas, so you know exactly what you are going to be writing about.
There are many experiences and events in your life that you can draw from when writing.
At this point, you should already know what you are going to write and how you are going to write it.
Write in your own voice and keep the focus of your essay personal. You should strive to maintain focus on the main idea of your essay by supporting it with vivid details, facts, quotes, and events.