a piece of cake

Writing a college application essay is NOT the same as taking part in an essay writing competition. Most applicants were not made for Nobel Laureates in Literature, do not produce exquisite subtle prose, and are not expected to be brilliant writers. What a college admissions committee looks for is people who could cope academically, who share the college culture. Eligible applicants are people who are likely to be happy at a particular college, which has the resources to contirbute to their future happiness and success.

That you’re going to cope academically is evident from your high school grades, test scores and teacher recommendations. You don’t need to try to demonstrate it through your essays.

That you share the college culture and are likely to be happy at college X, that you are a person to whose future happiness and success college X can contribute should be made evident by your essays. You probably remember that the tricky part is that you have to show them you not simply fit in but also stand out. You have to be remembered as a unique personality.

How do you show them all this? It’s simple: by showing them WHO YOU ARE. No matter what  topic you choose to write on, it’s your personality that has to shine through.

How do you show who you are?

1. You have to find it for yourself.

2. You have to make sure you show it in an unambiguous, unequivocal, CLEAR way.

Some people forget these simple facts and try to present colleges with sophisticated subtle prose. Come on, guys! You are not expected to show them you’ll be the next Nobel Laureate in Literature. You don’t need to waste your time to polish your sentences. It’s not the form that matters but the substance. You can write in a simple straighforward way, not using SAT words and letting your real voice be heard.

It’s so easy to write things that people like by having something to say. If you have nothing to say AND you try to say it in a sophisticated subtle way, you are in deep shit.

How do you find what to say, i.e. who you are? Well, do you remember the broad topics I gave you back last spring? You have to think about yourself and your past, present and future.

Is there another way to get into college? Yes, you apply to a Bulgarian one: no Bulgarian college is interested in who you are and whether you are a good match, whether you’ll be happy and successful.


2 responses to this post.

  1. “Is there another way to get into college? Yes, you apply to a Bulgarian one”
    Haha, I like that 😛 and totally agree 🙂


  2. Posted by Hiroshima on January 16, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    Can I write an essay on topic like: Learning from experience.


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