Live Chat: What Do You Wish You Knew about College Application Essays?

Before our Thursday live chat on how to write a college application essay, which starts at 6 p.m., share some of your tips for essay-writing.

Not every college application essay is perfect on the first-draft. Revising, rewriting, and sending them in can teach you a few things. 

Yesterday, we asked what your burning college application questions were. Today, we're asking: What is your essay-writing advice?

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Bill Davidson September 19, 2012 at 12:41 PM
One of my cousins had a college application essay published in a book called "Essays That Worked." The secret to his success was entertaining his reader. The admissions officer commented that he liked the essay so much that he shared it with a colleague. Tell a good story. Ask yourself, "Would I want to read my essay again?" Ask other people to read it (preferably other than your parents). You want them to want to read more. You want it to be a conversation starter, an introduction for your college interview.
Karla Vallance September 19, 2012 at 01:09 PM
Makes sense, Bill. I can only imagine the hundreds of droning essays those admissions officers have to read. Storytelling is a powerful tool...
Grahame Turner September 19, 2012 at 01:25 PM
I had a similar thing in mind when I wrote mine. My teacher told us about an essay she'd seen where the writer had compared her summer vacation to eating a pineapple. You may have needed to be there, but the trick is doing something unique.
Bill Davidson September 20, 2012 at 07:42 PM
Thanks, Karla! :-) Yes, Grahame, I like your essay! It's no wonder that you became a writer! :-)


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