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The Personal Essay

January 11, 2011 at 10:36 am

In the final days before our application deadline, we think it's probably prudent (and maybe a little nagging) to remind you of our essay tips.  Here are some excerpts:

Tell us something different from what we'll read on your list of extracurricular activities or transcript.

The essay is one of the few things that you've got complete control over in the application process, especially by the time you're in your senior year. You've already earned most of your grades; you've already made most of your impressions on teachers; and chances are, you've already found a set of activities you're interested in continuing. So when you write the essay, view it as something more than just a page to fill up with writing. View it as a chance to tell the admissions committee about who you are as a person.

Answer each school's essay individually. Recycled "utility essays" come across as impersonal and sanitized. The one exception is an essay written for and submitted to Common Application member schools.

 

Any last-minute questions about the essay? 

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