您当前所在位置:首页 > 美伦资讯

极其重要却容易被忽略的Essay写作要点

发表时间:2016-08-07

容易被忽略的Essay写作要点

每年的申请季节,essay写作依旧是很多申请者关心的事情。然而我们发现,很多application essay依旧犯了那些老毛病,很多申请者一方面郁闷不知道怎么写essay,然而似乎又找不到时间去啃下一本本关于Essay Writing的硬货。因此,我们超级贴心地为大家贴出几项50 successful Ivy League Application Essays 中提到的一项常被申请者忽略但又极其重要的tip. 

Q:  Is there anything that a student might find surprising about what you are looking for in the essays?

A:  I think students would be surprised to know that admissions officers aren't looking for anything exotic. The more specific examples you can use, the more you can make it a story with very specific details, the better. You want to be able to picture what the person looks like, what it would be like to sit in a room and have a conversation with the person. The essay should make the admissions officers feel like they've had a conversation with you and want to learn more. It's not more esoteric than that.

—— 50 successful Ivy League Application Essays

解读:

1 Admissions officers aren't looking for anything exotic.

这一项估计很多写作者都没有想到, 把大量的时间用于钻研- Be different. 其实 Be different是ok的,但并不意味着要“那么那么”地剑走偏锋,各种奇异。 

那么,如何表现特征呢?

2The more you can make it a story with very specific details, the better.

细节,还是细节。 

写作时不要过于ambitious想把自己的十八般武艺全部堆出来。Essay不是resume,不用一个list列下。Essay写作,不妨选定一个主题/特征,围绕这个主题,以最相关的细节表现你的故事。 当大家看完上一条【细节】也许又容易入另一个坑,细节记成流水账。那么,来看这条:

The essay should make the admissions officers feel like they've had a conversation with you and want to learn more.

读完你的essay,AO的感受是和你本人进行了一次愉快的谈话。 不仅如此,essay还让AO想更多地了解你。 

大家不妨试着回想自己曾经经历过的愉快谈话,谈话的氛围,谈话的内容,谈话的节奏...

Essay要让AO想更多地了解你,试着在essay细节中多关注你的思考过程,而不仅仅是某个事件本身。 

比如,你选定某个曾做过的science project为essay主题,那么细节多关注于:你做这个project的动机、你解决问题的思考过程、你学到了什么、而不仅仅是描述project的步骤一、步骤二... (Wait,research类文书,如RP还是要描述清楚步骤的啦!)