Writing a Great College Admission Essay

When your academic future is on the line, you can’t afford to take any risks. You’ve made it this far in the educational field – now it’s time to take the plunge and get that much further. The only thing barring your way to higher learning is an admission essay, but that shouldn’t stop you! Writing a great college admission essay is no easy task, but it can be made easier by following a few simple steps. Below, we’ve developed and easy-to-follow list of the essential steps contributing to your admission success.

Steps to Creating a Great Admission Essay

  1. Start with a riveting hook. When it comes to college admission essays, you have a very small window in which to catch the reader’s attention. If you don’t hook the admission officer in from the first few sentences, they won’t bother to read the rest. That’s why it’s so important to start with a great hook. You can grab your reader’s attention by starting with a question, or launching into an exciting story. Just make sure that, whatever your hook, it has relevancy to the remainder of your essay.
  2. Focus on a main point or story. You want to demonstrate who you are, your goals and your values – and how they’ll benefit the college. The best way to do that is to incorporate some major point of meaningful story, and build around it. For example, if you’re trying to enter medical school, tell a story of a time you helped a wounded friend. Translate your desire to care into your desire to learn and improve at medical skills. This will show the college your personal connection and desire to partake in the courses they offer.
  3. Be clear and honest. Colleges love individuals that understand themselves. If you have clear goals in mind and are able to communicate them effectively, then colleges are more likely to select you for admission. Clarity and honesty on your part will make you much more attractive. You’re far less likely to drop out or have other difficulties if you have a clear perception of your own strengths, weaknesses and academic desires – and colleges love this.
  4. Editing and proofreading. A step that can never be emphasized enough, the best essays are always the ones that were given the once-over before being sent in. Editing and proofreading keeps humiliating mistakes from popping up and crushing your chances at a positive review of your essay. Never, ever forget this step!

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