Write Your College Essay in Less Than a Day by Elizabeth Wissner-GrossStrategies from a noted educational consultant on how to ease the pressure, ace the essay, and gain admission into your top-choice school
Getting into college has become fiercely competitive, which makes the personal-essay part of the application process even more important–and stressful. But stop worrying! In Write Your College Essay in Less Than a Day, Elizabeth Wissner-Gross–a top educational strategist in this area who counsels students at schools across the country–breaks down the harrowing ordeal of essay writing into manageable steps, leaving you with a fresh, polished, stand-out piece that admissions officers will love to read. Inside you’ll find
• exercises to help you select an essay topic inspired by your most notable achievements–and winning a Nobel Prize needn’t be one of them
• timed chapters (including snack breaks) to help you brainstorm, create, and critique your essay in only five hours
• sample essays and grading criteria so that you can play the admissions officer–and know what you’re up against
• advice on which writing techniques will score you points–and which could potentially sink your chances
Accessible, savvy, and written with a student’s needs and concerns in mind, Write Your College Essay in Less Than a Day gives you all the tools you need to compose an original, professional essay that will help you turn your dream school into a well-deserved reality.
What If I Don’t Have Anything Interesting To Write About In My College Essay?
College Admissions , College Essays. Writing your personal statement for your college application is an undeniably overwhelming project. Your essay is your big shot to show colleges who you are—it's totally reasonable to get stressed out. But don't let that stress paralyze you. This guide will walk you through each step of the essay writing process to help you understand exactly what you need to do to write the best possible personal statement. I'm also going to follow an imaginary student named Eva as she plans and writes her college essay, from her initial organization and brainstorming to her final edits. By the end of this article, you'll have all the tools you need to create a fantastic, effective college essay.
What makes an appropriate essay topic?
Ah, college application essays — the necessary evil of college-bound high school seniors everywhere. Since Thomas and Martin have been doing a series of podcast episodes about how to get into college , I thought it would be appropriate to write up an article about how to write a college application essay — one that stands out and that makes a great impression. I was in your same position four years ago, and I learned a lot through both my own college application process and through my subsequent years as an English major who wields commas like shurikens. Most of the other parts of the application are just lists and statistics: GPA, courses taken, a list of extracurriculars, maybe some work or volunteer experience. Also, some of them will secretly be robots. Standing out from everyone else could put you in the running for additional scholarships and will also simply make a good impression , which never hurts. Just within the U.
What should students write about in their college application essays? Debatable topics rarely make great essays. Admissions officers are people, and people love stories. Your stories are not debatable. Everyone eats!