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Wednesday, December 1, 2010
College Application Essay Writing - An Important Skill at Every Level
Summary: Great college application essay writing skills don't just come in handy when you're a high school senior trying to get into college. In fact, the older you get, the more important those skills become.

So, you thought your days of college application essay writing ended when you got that letter of acceptance during your senior year of high school? Think again. Admissions essays have become incredibly important at all level of advanced education - whether you're applying to law school or business school.

Years ago, when fewer people were getting post-graduate degrees, law schools and business schools brought applicants in for one-on-one interviews. That way, admissions officers could see exactly who was applying to their school.

But, the number of law school and business school applicants has skyrocketed in recent years. Now, admissions officers simply do not have time to meet with every single applicant. That means your college application essay writing is the only way to give the admissions staff a chance to get to know you!

On a law school application, your personal statement can set you apart from the other applicants. After all, as a lawyer, you will have to be adept at making a case for yourself in writing. For example, a brief that you file with the judge will have to be compelling, accurate, and convincing. Or, if you write a demand letter to another attorney, you will have to make your points clear and concise. And, you only have limited space to make those points. When you think about it, it's really not that different from college application essay writing. Only this time, you're the client who needs those top-notch skills!

Or, if you're applying to business school, an admission essay can help you make a name for yourself. Let's face it - every business school applicant has great grades and stellar extracurricular activities.

So, how do you set yourself apart from the thousands of other applicants?

With your MBA admission essay!

Your business school admission essay gives school officials a true representation of who you are - beyond your resume. A great essay will show how you have been shaped by personal experiences, and how those experiences will make you a great fit in business school.

An MBA admission essay and a law school application personal statement are today's versions of one-on-one interviews. If yours is good, you will be remembered. But, if yours bad - or simply average - you will never get into the school of your dreams.


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