Jun 17, 2021
The College Essay: A Chance To Differentiate Yourself
Today’s students apply to more colleges than ever before. The utilization of the Common Application (which includes thousands of colleges) has made it easy to apply with one application. This, coupled with the fact that so many students are doing similar things in and out of the classroom, has made it tougher for kids to differentiate themselves from their peers. This is why we place such value on writing strong essays. The time spent on crafting the right essay can make the difference in whether a student is accepted or not.
Your college essay should help college admissions officers better understand you within the greater context of your entire college application. It should also reveal something new about you; don’t spend too much time going over information already presented in other parts of your college application.
Think about the less tangible qualities or stories that exist within you and that have shaped you and your passions. Share a real-life story that shows the reader that you are much more than an SAT score or a 3.8 GPA student. Don’t miss the chance to present yourself and your story in the most favorable way. Making the best impression and being memorable is the goal.