The last thing you want is to end up with a low-quality essay you aren't proud of because you ran out of time and had to submit something unfinished.
As I touched on above, each college has its own essay requirements, so you'll need to go through and determine what exactly you need to submit for each school.
I've also seen students take the approach of a letter to a roommate or their presidential acceptance speech that they're going to give down the road thanking Georgetown for the opportunity and I think sometimes the ploy can take over the essay and you can't get past sort of the tool that they've used and you don't actually get to the student.
So I think it's better to write a simple heartfelt essay than to try to put too much time into crafting something that you think will stand our or catch our attention.
- One of the biggest mistakes that students make on their application essays is to sort of make an embellished resume. We've already seen what you've done, what you're interested in.
Don't use the very few words you have to tell us about yourself, only to talk about what you do.
I think the essay is sometimes thought of as a way to show yourself off and in reality what it is for us is a way to understand why you do the things you do, how those things impact you, how those experiences have shaped your world for you.
- One of my pet peeves when I read admissions essays is when students describe an event without explaining the significance of it.
Although many schools are now on the Common App, some very popular colleges, including University of Texas and University of California, still have their own applications and writing requirements.
Even for Common App schools, you may need to write a supplemental essay or provide short answers to questions.