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College Application Essay

Sample Topics and Tips

College Admission Essay Topic Considerations

  • Major accomplishments, recognized or not
  • Distinguishing attributes, qualities or skills and how you developed them
  • Consideration of your favorite books, movies, works of art and how these have influenced your life in a meaningful way
  • Difficult time in your life and how it changed your perspective on life
  • Important extracurricular or community activities
  • Personal traits that have allowed you to be successful

Tips for Writing the College Admission Essay

  • Answer the question.
  • Be original.
  • Be yourself.
  • Don’t “thesaurize” your composition.
  • Use imagery and clear, vivid prose.
  • Spend the most time on your introduction.
    • Don’t summarize
    • Create mystery or intrigue in your introduction
  • Body paragraphs must relate to the introduction.
  • Use transitions, which includes repeating key words and progressing the idea
  • Conclusion is crucial – it’s your last chance to persuade or impress the reader.
    • Do not use stock phrases such as “in conclusion” or “in summary.”
    • Redefine a term used in your body/link your conclusion to the introduction.
    • Do not be overly tidy – real life isn’t.