Success in writing an application essay lies on choosing the right topic to discuss for your application. You have to make a good impression to your readers and do this in a matter of 100 words or less since most of them skim essays given the thousands of applications they have to consider. Also remember that the essay part is a way to answer questions the admissions office has for their applicants.
According to Quint Careers:
You should at least have read the colleges webpage, admissions catalog, and have an understanding of the institutions strengths.
First and foremost, you should remember the main purpose of doing the essay and that is to highlight your application, share a part of you to the admissions committee, and best of all, to convince the admissions panel that you make a perfect fit for the school.
Quint Careers has outlined some important questions you should ask yourself when choosing a topic. Here are some of them:
Have you selected a topic that describes something of personal importance in your life, with which you can use vivid personal experiences as supporting details?
You should be able to use your personal experiences as a way to highlight personal characteristics that will help you succeed in the chosen field or at the very least, college life. The best way to do this is to adopt a sincere and honest tone. Dont make overly dramatic claims but use events in your life to show how you were able to surpass challenges.
Another important question to ask yourself is:
Can you fully answer the question asked of you? Can you address and elaborate on all points within the specified word limit, or will you end up writing a poor summary of something that might be interesting as a report or research paper? If you plan on writing something technical for college admissions, make sure you truly can back up your interest in a topic and are not merely throwing around big scientific words.
Within the limited wordcount, you should be able to address the questions asked from you. Be straightforward and direct to the point. Theres no need to beat around the bush when your readers barely have minutes to go over your essay. You should be able to catch their attention and keep your hold on it within the first 100 words.
The Owl Purdue Online Writing Lab has a great tip for applicants who are writing their essays. Heres an excerpt:
Think in terms of showing or demonstrating through concrete experience. One of the worst things you can do is to bore the admissions committee. If your statement is fresh, lively, and different, youll be putting yourself ahead of the pack. If you distinguish yourself through your story, you will make yourself memorable.
Whatever topic you choose, make sure that you speak from the heart because this will reflect in your essay. By doing so, you can provide vivid details that will help make your essay interesting, lively, and convincing.
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