Help With College Admission Essays: How to Be an Individual

College admission essays are some of the most important writing pieces you’ll create in your academic career. Admission essays must serve a number of purposes:

  • Demonstrating your qualifications as a student in general
  • Showcasing your writing style
  • Demonstrating that you, as an individual, have something to add to the student body

Showing that you are qualified to be a student and showing that you’re a competent writer are fairly straightforward. But for many students, their college entrance essays are the first occasion they’ve had to “sell” themselves as individuals via an essay. The most important part of doing so successfully is crafting a creative, unique essay that showcases one’s individuality. But when every entrance essay is attempting to do the same thing, it isn’t easy.

What makes you an individual?

There are a number of different facets to highlight in order to showcase one’s individuality:

  • Experiences
  • Experiences aren’t things you’ve decided, but things that have happened to you, or things about your environment which make you different from the school’s main demographic. These can include anything from the languages you were raised speaking to being present during interesting events. Discuss how these experiences have helped to shape you as a person, how you’ve reacted to them, embraced them, and learned from them.

  • Talents
  • Talents are those things which you have a natural affinity for. Perhaps you weren’t raised speaking a second language, but discovered you have an aptitude for language learning early on, and embraced it. Talents vary from personal to person; discuss yours and how you’ve creatively capitalized on them.

  • Hobbies
  • Hobbies aren’t necessarily skills you excel at, but that doesn’t mean they don’t contribute to your uniqueness or help to build character. Hobbies can include athletics, artistic endeavors, musical hobbies, and more.

  • Choices
  • Throughout your life you’ve chosen one path over another. These choices, more than anything else, have contributed to the person you’ve become today. Think back to times during your life when you’ve had more than one path to choose from, and what choices you made in the process. Which schools you’ve applied to, which jobs you’ve taken, which classes you’ve chosen. Choices can be large ones or seemingly small ones that have nonetheless changed the course of your life in an interesting way. No one has made the same choices throughout their lives, so this is an excellent way to assert your individuality.

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