Admit it, writing multiple college essays, although daunting, is necessary to gain entrance through the ivy gates. At the moment we are working with high school seniors feverishly writing compositions that highlight their unique attributes and strengths. Crisp Consulting + Coaching would like to offer some clear strategies for crafting personal essays that garnish positive attention from admission committees.
Prepare. Transition from thinking about your college essays to writing clearly and effectively with brainstorming. Collecting ideas will assist you in focusing a well-written personal essay. These ideas can be gathered through reflection and list making. Reflect on your activities and experiences that have been the most meaningful to you during your high school career. Summarize accomplishments that have impacted your school or community. Compile a list of events, people or hobbies that most excite you. As a reference, collect your best academic work from English, history and humanities courses.
Provoke. Personal essays should provide answers about you to the admission committee. These insights should display your strengths, passions and uniqueness. Your essay should answer why an event was important, how it shaped your thoughts and actions. Asking yourself questions about your brainstorming list will allow you to identify underlying themes.
Personalize. Remember, an effective personal essay is about you. Writing eloquently about a historical figure detailing myriad obstacles and accomplishments is for naught. The admission committee wants to know about the applicant not an icon or event. You are applying for admission and a powerful essay that is reflective, introspective and insightful will be essential in the admission process. This essay should be like a conversation where the reader has asked questions and longs to know more.
As more and more students apply to college, a strong personal essay will gain the attention of an admission officer. Crafting an essay based on your personal strengths and passions is a strategy that will assist you in the college admission process.
Brian D. Crisp is an independent educational consultant with Crisp Consulting + Coaching who works with families in Asheville, Charleston, and Savannah to optimize and realize their unique educational fit and admission success. As a former professor, administrator, and teacher, Brian has the knowledge and skills to counsel families in all aspects of educational planning.