College Board在其出版的关于文书写作的辅导书籍The College Application Essay(P28)中，指出：
“There is not set combination of items that every applicant must have to gain acceptance at a certain college.You,your essay,and your application profile do not have to match a single narrow standard.”
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PIECE OF ADVICE ABOUT WRITING A COLLEGE ESSAY?
COLLEGE ESSAY TIPS FROM UNIVERSITY ADMISSION ADMINISTRATORS
1.Know that the best ideas for your essay—the perfect opener,a great twist,a brilliant insight—often come when you least expect them.
That’s why it’s a good practice to keep a reliable collection system with you at all times as you’re preparing to write your essay.It could be your phone.It could be index cards.It could be a Moleskine notebook(if you really want to do it with panache).Just don’t store it in your own brain thinking that you’ll remember it later.Your mind may be a magnificently wonderful idea-making machine,but it’s a lousy filing cabinet.Store those ideas in one place outside your brain so that when inspiration hits you in the bathroom,in the car,on a hike—wherever—you’ll have a place to capture it and come back to it later when you need it.
This college essay tip is by Ken Anselment,Marquette University graduate and Vice President for Enrollment&Communication at Lawrence University.
2.Do not feel pressure to share every detail of challenging experiences,but also do not feel that you need to have a happy ending or solution.
Your writing should provide a context within which the reader learns about who you are and what has brought you to this stage in your life.Try to tie your account into how this has made you develop as a person,friend,family member or leader(or any role in your life that is important to you).You may also want to make a connection to how this has inspired some part of your educational journey or your future aspirations.
This college essay tip is by Jaclyn Robins,Assistant Director of admissions at the University of Southern California.The tip below is paraphrased from a post on the USC admissions blog.
3.We want to learn about growth.
Some students spend a lot of time summarizing plot or describing their work and the"in what way"part of the essay winds up being one sentence.The part that is about you is the most important part.If you feel you need to include a description,make it one or two lines.Remember that admission offices have Google,too,so if we feel we need to hear the song or see the work of art,we'll look it up.The majority of the essay should be about your response and reaction to the work.How did it affect or change you?
This college essay tip is by Dean J,admissions officer and blogger from University of Virginia.The tip below is paraphrased from a post on the University of Virginia Admission blog.
Consider these two hypothetical introductory paragraphs for a master's program in library science.
“I am honored to apply for the Master of Library Science program at the University of Okoboji because as long as I can remember I have had a love affair with books.Since I was eleven I have known I wanted to be a librarian.”
“When I was eleven,my great-aunt Gretchen passed away and left me something that changed my life:a library of about five thousand books.Some of my best days were spent arranging and reading her books.Since then,I have wanted to be a librarian.”
This college essay tip is by Chris Peterson,Assistant Director at MIT Admissions.The tip below is paraphrased from the post“How To Write A College Essay”on the MIT blog.
5.Tell a good story.
Most people prefer reading a good story over anything else.So...tell a great story in your essay.Worry less about providing as many details about you as possible and more about captivating the reader's attention inside of a great narrative.I read a great essay this year where an applicant walked me through the steps of meditation and how your body responds to it.Loved it.(Yes,I'll admit I'm a predisposed meditation fan.)
This college essay tip is by Jeff Schiffman,Director of Admissions at Tulane University and health and fitness nut.
Eager to write your essay but not sure how to begin?Start with my brainstorming exercise:"Everything I Want Colleges to Know About Me"
6.Imagine how the person reading your essay will feel.
No one's idea of a good time is writing a college essay,I know.But if sitting down to write your essay feels like a chore,and you're bored by what you're saying,you can imagine how the person reading your essay will feel.On the other hand,if you're writing about something you love,something that excites you,something that you've thought deeply about,chances are I'm going to set down your application feeling excited,too—and feeling like I've gotten to know you.
This college essay tip is by Abigail McFee,Admissions Counselor for Tufts University and Tufts‘17 graduate.
COLLEGE ESSAY TIPS FROM COLLEGE ADMISSIONS EXPERTS
1.Just make sure that the story you’re telling is uniquely YOURS.
I believe everyone has a story worth telling.Don’t feel like you have to have had a huge,life-changing,drama-filled experience.Sometimes the seemingly smallest moments lead us to the biggest breakthroughs.
This college essay tip is by Maggie Schuh,a member of the Testive Parent Success team and a high school English teacher in St.Louis.
2.Keep it simple!
No one is expecting you to solve the issue of world peace with your essay.Often times,we find students getting hung up with“big ideas”.Remember,this essay is about YOU.What makes you different from the thousands of other applicants and their essays?Be specific.Use vivid imagery.If you’re having trouble,start small and go from there.P.S.make sure the first sentence of your essay is the most interesting one.
This college essay tip is by Myles Hunter,CEO of TutorMe,an online education platform that provides on-demand tutoring and online courses for thousands of students.
3.Honor your inspiration.
My parents would have much preferred that I write about sports or youth group,and I probably could have said something interesting about those,but I insisted on writing about a particular fish in the pet store I worked at—one that took much longer than the others to succumb when the whole tank system in the store became diseased.It was a macabre little composition,but it was about exactly what was on my mind at the time I was writing it.I think it gave whoever read it a pretty good view of my 17 year-old self.I'll never know if I got in because of that weird essay or in spite of it,but it remains a point of pride that I did it my way.
This college essay tip is by Mike McClenathan,founder of PwnTestPrep,which has a funny name but serious resources for helping high school students excel on the standardized tests.
4.Write about things you care about.
The most obvious things make great topics.What do I mean?Colleges want to learn about who you are,what you value and how you will contribute to their community.I had two students write about their vehicles—one wrote about the experience of purchasing their used truck and one wrote about how her car is an extension of who she is.We learned about their responsibility,creative thinking,teamwork and resilience in a fun and entertaining way.
This college essay tip is by Mira“Coach Mira”Simon,Independent Educational Consultant and professionally trained coach from the Institute of Professional Excellence in Coaching(iPEC),who combines her expertise to help high school students find their pathway to college.
A sneaky thing can happen as you set about writing your essay:you may find yourself guessing what a college admissions committee is looking for and writing to meet that made up criteria rather than standing firm in who you are and sharing your truest self.While you want to share your thoughts in the best possible light(edit please!),avoid the temptation minimize the things that make you who you are.Show your depth.Be honest about what matters to you.Be thoughtful about the experiences you've had that have shaped who you've become.Be your brilliant self.And trust that your perfect-fit college will see you for who truly you are and say"Yes!This is exactly who we've been looking for.”
This college essay tip is by Lauren Gaggioli,NYU graduate,host of The College Checklist podcast,and founder of Higher Scores Test Prep provides affordable test prep help to college applicants.“
6.Find a way to showcase yourself without bragging.
Being confident is key,but you don't want to come across as boasting.Next,let them know how college will help you achieve your long-term goals.Help them connect the dots and let them know you are there for a reason.Finally(here’s an extra pro tip),learn how to answer common college interview questions within your essay.This will not only help you stand out from other applicants,but it will also prepare you for the college interview ahead of time as well.