How to Make Your Essay Stand Out
There are many steps and things to consider when trying to make your essay be authentic and stand out. Here are a few!
BE AUTHENTIC & SHARE YOUR STORY
Think about it like this, you have about 500 words or so to tell the people reading your essay why you are passionate about what you love, why you are the best fit, your personal struggles, everything! Do not hold anything back. This is your time to show the admissions officers why you want to attend their university.
Try not to be cliche in your response. Try to tie in personal and meaningful experiences into your essay.
MAKE SURE YOU ANSWER THE QUESTION
While we can get carried away and trail off on a tangent talking about ourselves. We need to make sure we answer the question being asked. Make sure your story relates to the question prompt.
Also if the school you are applying to has specific pillars or values for example diversity or service, use your personal experiences in that area to help tailor your response to align with the school's value. This will show that you have done research on the school and your prospectives agree with their core values.
BEGIN ESSAYS EARLY
You do not want to rush this process. Writing essays take a lot of time, thought, revision, and correction. Do not wait until the last minute to begin writing your essays! A rushed essay will not produce a well-written essay. You want to give yourself and the other people reviewing your essay time to help you perfect it. I recommend starting at least 3-4 weeks before the application is due to start writing
HAVE YOUR ESSAY PEER REVIEWED
Not everyone is the best writer or you may not know where to begin. No worries! Before you submit your application have at least two or three people review it. Having constructive criticism to help your essay be the best it can be will help you have an outstanding essay overall. This could be done by your parent, teacher, or even Dreams 2 Degrees!
Email your essays to firstname.lastname@example.org to have them reviewed.