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Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Is Your Admission Essay Really About You?
There is a multitude of literature with throw-away pieces of advice on how to write a better admission essay. The business of college admissions has spawned books, essays, websites and more, just bursting at the seams with tips. Most all of these tips are helpful. Our site aims to help students parse out the best of what they have to say in order to better sell themselves to the universities of their choice. This article, however, served as a reminder that most students already have it in them to write a superb admission essay.

Asking a seventeen-year-old student to explore the deep recesses of their soul is not a very realistic exercise. Our own blog has touted the importance of being introspective, but that isn't always easy, especially in the context of an admission essay . When reflection isn't working for you, try going with what feels natural. Write your admission essay about something you like, something you are good at, and something that excites you. Stick with one subject. You can't be everything to everyone, least of all an admissions officer.

This high school junior did just that, and taking the risk paid off. His admission essay was written from the heart. He didn't try to portray himself as the best or brightest of anything. He wrote about an accomplishment without sounding like he was boasting. This essay style may not be for everyone, but it is yet another reminder that when it comes to admissions essays, one size doesn't fit all.

To Be or Not To Be College Bound .


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