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Your College Application Essay?

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The college board application essay can be an overwhelming feeling of writing an essay about yourself.

However, it is very important since this is the chance you have to talk about who you are, why you would be an asset to the university and to reveal the best parts about yourself and who you want to become.

You want to stand out from the other students and this is also the only way for the college board to get to know who you are.


The college board admission essay is important. Yes, grades and your school record are important as well, however the college board still consider the essay an intricate part of admissions. Once they have gone through academics and separated students out by grades and extra curricular activities, after that the essay is scrutinized.

This means that the essay makes the difference in getting into a particular college or not. This is what can tip the scales in your favor when applying to a college.
Keep in mind that the admission boards are looking for well thought out ideas and being able to clearly express thoughts and opinions.

Arguments within the essay should be logical an have supporting facts and information, as well as telling the board about yourself too. When completing these essays, there are three most commonly used essays by universities. These include, the you essay, the why us essay and the creative essay.

You Essay
The you essay is just that, they want to know about you. The essay should express who you are and tell them about yourself.

The school is looking for how you will go about telling them about yourself and they want to get to know you better through this essay. The good part of this type of essay is that you can highlight your best features and attributes.

Your grades, test scores and other academics are not the only factor with this type of essay. However, you have to be careful to stay focused with an essay of this nature. It is an open ended question that can send you off track very easily.

With this essay it is better to narrow down your best qualities and accomplishments. Keep the essay tight and focused on specific events, people or places and be very descriptive with plenty of supporting evidence.

Why Us Essay
The why us essay is when the school wants to know why you want to go to that college and why you have chosen the degree or career path you are taking.

They want to know your goals, your commitment level and what you are looking for long term.

The advantage of this type of essay is that it is very focused already and a very direct question. Your should still give a very well thought out and clear answer to the question, however the answer will not go off in multiple directions as easily. The down side can be that you do need to do the research.

If there are errors in the essay when it comes to facts, then it will become obvious that you did not think about your answer clearly.

When writing this type of essay, make sure to do the research and know your subject. Really know the school and reasons for applying there.

Do not over do it with saying how much you love the school or how great you think the school is. This can come across as insincere when it is over done.

These essays do occasionally make a person realize they do not want to attend a particular school, which can be a good thing as well, since you will not be wasting the time on a school you will not enjoy.
Creative Essay
The creative essay is to write creatively on the topic given. They want to see your creative writing abilities and how you are able to express ideas in a creative manner.

This takes into account your own knowledge and education, while expressing who you are through the essay. This is a great essay for showing who you are, your personality and your views on a topic or subject.

However, be careful not to get caught up in obscure thoughts and ideas. It is not a free for all when writing, you still need to stay focused and clearly express the ideas and have supporting evidence for your thoughts and feelings.
Make sure you still write and know the facts and details. Although it is creative writing, do not over indulge in yourself and your belief system. Use common sense and stay away from topics that can come across as too high minded.

This will not necessarily impress the application board.
The essay writing portion may seem daunting and very nerve racking. However, stay calm, write and re-write the essay.

Make sure to let others read it and proof read it too. Take your time. There are deadlines to meet, but rushing will only mean making mistakes and possibly spending more time writing.


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