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How to Write an Unforgettable College Admission Essay

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You’ve filled out all the application forms, taken the tests and finally, you’ve got to write your application essay.

A university application essay typically comprises of 500 words and your future depends on this very word limit, which is why it’s crucial to know what to write so that you don’t end up exhausting your word limit. 

Here are 7 proven tips that’ll help you ace your admission essay:

  1. Pay attention to the instructions

Generally, the thrill and stress of excitement cause us to ignore the instructions. This is the worst mistake you can make as no matter how good your essay is, it’ll be rejected if it doesn’t adhere to the guidelines.

Take a few minutes to understand the instructions and plan your essay in accordance with the word and page limits. 

  1. Begin with a compelling introduction

Any good journalist will tell you to catch your reader’s attention by writing a captivating introduction. Admissions officers are no different. You will only have a few minutes before they lose interest in your essay and abandon it halfway. 

Start with a gripping paragraph to evoke curiosity and keep them engaged. Include an anecdote to highlight your best personality/character traits that offer adequate insight to let them know who you are. 

  1. Let your inner voice talk

Every university is looking for someone who’s authentic and has a decent personality. Be genuine and avoid using phrases or quotes people normally use. 

Impress the officer with your own findings and knowledge about your chosen topic. Ensure that it reflects your ambitions, skills and how this program will help you achieve all your goals. 

  1. Bid goodbye to cliches

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Sure, you’ve read a thousand essays for reference. A few might’ve even inspired you but memorising them or blatantly copying portions from an essay is a big NO. 

Remember that accessing these essays was easy for you and therefore, is easy for everyone else too. You don’t want to have an essay that’s an exact copy of another student or even somewhat similar to theirs. 

  1. Give examples

An application essay allows the officer to glimpse into how your mind works and how you perceive the world. If you want your essay to be credible, you need to write everything that supports your viewpoint. 

Spend a few minutes figuring out how the essay question relates to you or your qualities and write from that angle. 

  1. Stick to a plan

Since you have a limited word and page limited, it’s wise to plan a clear outline. Organise your essay into three parts: introduction, body and conclusion. The key is to decide what will you cover in which part before you begin writing.

  1. Proofread your work

Since you’ve done everything in your power to write a great essay and gone over it a million times, it’s a great idea to ask someone around you to review it. This will help you see the impact it has on them and also they’ll be able to give you a fresh perspective. 

They’ll be able to notice mistakes you’ve not been able to see and might provide you with suggestions on how to explain a particular point in a better manner so that’s it’s easier to understand. 

The Takeaway

Writing an admission essay is daunting but you can overcome it by being strategic and organised. 

Now start writing and craft an extraordinary essay!


Author Bio: Shristi Patni


Shristi is a content writer and owner of F and B Recipes. Formerly the Chief Content Officer at Raletta, she is currently working on her second cookbook. Feel free to connect with her via LinkedIn or drop an email at [email protected] or check out her food blog

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