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Revealing Yourself Through your Essays for College

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Aside from preparing your academic transcripts, requesting people to write your reference or recommendation letters, and doing well in admission tests by obtaining high scores, there is one more requirement in your college application that you should never disregard ? your college essay.

The college essay is not merely a proof of your writing prowess. More importantly, it is your tool to introduce yourself to the admission committee and let them see your character, your personal side that cannot be gleaned through the other application requirements. Those who would read your essay want to see your writing ability and insight into who you are.

Introducing yourself to your readers

Indeed, writing the college essay could be a stressful and exhaustive process, but you must view the essay as an opportunity rather than a chore. In doing so, you are more likely to come up with a good essay. Remember too that of all the application requirements, the college essay is one where you?ve got complete control over.

Letting them discover your unique characteristics

You need to do a little brainstorming prior to writing your essay. You must take time to reflect on your life. What are your interests, motivations, and your strengths? You can play up with these and relate it to your choice of university and course. You should be able to “sell” yourself to the admission officers and convince them that you are worthy to be part of their college.

For example, if you want to enter med school, one possible theme of your essay can be “why I want to be a doctor.” From here, you can relate your experiences and inspiration that led you to decide to become a doctor. You can also highlight some of your skills and interests which you deem helpful in becoming a good med student.

Other effective tips in revealing yourself through your essay

Other essay tips include being yourself and being different so you will stand out from the rest of the applicants. You should have a focus and a thesis statement that is clear to your readers. Write from the heart and write about topics that are truly significant to you.
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