Write ALL the words!
(Or, rather, 650 of them)

July 02, 2015

[Promo at the end of the post]

Now that summer vacation has officially begun and the madness that is the finals season has subsided, it’s time to think about writing that pesky Common App essay. Some may wince at the idea of spending their precious summer time writing an dreadful essay, but summer’s the perfect time for such a task since you’ll be free from the “distractions” of school and other school-related activities. The prompts for the 2015 – 2016 year can be found here. Once you’ve picked a topic, follow the tips below and start crafting the masterpiece that will help you to impress the university of your dreams.

 

  1. Make sure to answer the question. This seems really obvious, but many questions are in multiple parts. For example: “Describe a situation in which you had to assume a leadership role. What did you learn from this experience, and how has it affected your life?” Notice that there are three parts to this question. Make sure you address them all.

 

  1. Be Concise. After all, there is a hard cap of 650 characters. Make sure to include only your best material and to write in a way that clearly conveys your message.

 

  1. Accentuate your strengths. Take some time to think about what your skills are, and what you are most knowledgeable about. Evaluate the time you have spent doing volunteer work, music, sports, or other extra-curricular activities. What have you learned? How have you grown? What are you best at? It is much easier to represent yourself in writing when you have a clear understanding of who you are and what you want universities to know about you.

 

  1. Take risks. Many students are so afraid of saying the wrong thing that they don’t say very much at all. Remember that admissions officers have to read hundreds of essays, so don’t bore them. Don’t just tell them what you think they want to hear; let your personality shine through. Start with an interesting (and relevant) quote, or an anecdote. Show them what makes you unique.

 

  1. Give yourself plenty of time. This is a long process, and not something that can be rushed through in a day. In particular, you need to allow yourself some time to edit and proofread. When you have finished a piece of writing, step away from it for a few days and then come back to it with fresh eyes. If you can, ask someone you trust to read it and give you some feedback.  Double check your work to make sure that your spelling and grammar aren’t letting you down.


This Month’s Promo
: For the month of July, our center will be offering FREE* trial classes to new students who need help with their university application essays. Come and experience for yourself how we can help you to craft the PERFECT essay! Space is limited, so call to reserve yours today!

*Limited to ONE 1-hour and 50 minutes session per new student. Scheduling is at the discretion of C2 staff.

Brace yourself, Summer is coming!Timing is Everything
(When to Take the SAT/ACT)