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COLLEGE ESSAY

October 24, 2014
Written By: Stephanie Dunaieff

Many colleges require students to write an essay.  The essay helps the college to decide if you would be a good fit to the school.  Your essay should be personal and different.  Essay topics fall into 3 basic categories: personal, academic, or discussion.  

Tips
  • Don’t wait until the last minute. Give yourself plenty of time to plan, write, and revise your essay.
  • Have a friend or family member proofread your essay.  They might find something that you missed.
  • Type your essay in a standard font and size 12.
  • Make your essay stand out and personal. Each school receives thousands of essays; you want them to remember your essay.
  • Your essay should be about 500-600 words. Don’t make your essay too long or too short.
  • Give specific examples.
  • Be honest.'

Topic ideas
Personal
  • Pick an event in your life that made you who you are.
  • What is your biggest accomplishment?
  • When did you fail at something and how did you handle it?
Academic
  • Why you want to attend a particular school.
  • What you want to do and why. (How you will contribute to the world with your degree.
  • Why you want to attend college.
Discussion
  • Both sides of a political problem.
  • How to make the world a better place.
  • Both sides of a social problem.
Recommended Downloads:  Essay Planner, Proof Reading Check List

Categories: College, Essays
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