I think students get really caught up in thinking that this essay has to emcompass your entire life and it has to be groundbreaking and, you know, publishable quality.
And that's a lot to ask of a high school student.
When Carol Hathaway, a long time ER nurse, decides to go back to med school and become a doctor, the MDs in the ER treat her very differently. Kerry Weaver asks her to perform procedures as if she were already a med student.
While Carol is uncomfortable with this, she does perform well.
So for the purposes of the application, where we as admish officers are trying to get to know the applicant, that's a great essay.
When transitioning from the five paragraph essay to the college essay, breaking out of its intro, body paragraph 1, body paragraph 2, body paragraph 3, conclusion format and its tripartite and rationale-less thesis are not the only changes you will need to make to your writing style.
- One piece of advice I would give to every student is to ask someone who know's them a little bit, to read their essay and to tell them what impressions they have of you after reading the essay.
- I think the essays that work best are actually quite simple.
You will also have to learn to bulk up the content of each paragraph.
I dislike giving rules or formulas to students when it comes to college writing because nearly every rule or formula has both weaknesses and exceptions.