Tips for Writing Your College
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Avoid sexist language.
Substitute asexual words for sexist words. For example,
use chairperson instead of chairman
and pioneers instead of founding fathers.
Choose nouns and verbs that are specific as possible.
I raced to the door is much better than
I ran to the door quickly. Similarly, The
Chihuahua is much better than the little,
Also, dont use 20 words where a few will do.
For example, instead of writing…
years of growth from childhood to adulthood, family
members, teachers, and others have always commented
on the fact that I am a very diligent worker. And I
think I would have to agree with them."
"Im a workhorse."
Dont insult your reader.
Let the reader read between the lines to draw conclusions.
Just tell the story. Let the reader figure out the moral.
Revise until its perfect.
Youll need to rewrite and edit your essay several
times before you consider it final. Keep in mind that
the essay must be more than interestingit must
be captivating. Let your enthusiasm show through.
Adhere to the word limit.
If the school instructs you to write 500 words or less,
dont write 600. And, if your essay runs a little
short, dont feel obligated to fill the extra space.
Proofread your work.
Make sure you dont have any typographical errors.
Dont rely on your computers spell check.
Although some software programs make grammatical changes
for you, chances are youll need to read your essay
word for word to make sure you havent goofed,
for example, by using there instead of their
or form instead of from. Also
make sure your intended meaning is coming across.
Show the essay to someone who can be objective.
To produce the best possible essay, you have to find
good editors. Dont give your essay to your husband,
parents, or best friend for comments. Get someone who
not only knows English
well but can also give you constructive feedback on
how your message is coming across.
Remember: The college doesnt know you.
Writing a successful college admissions essay is not
a simple task. You should plan to spend a lot of time
writing, reviewing, and polishing so that its
just right. But, if you persevere, youll end up
with an outstanding essay that will capture the readers
attention, reach an emotional conclusion about you,
and get you that letter of acceptance.
Gregory Lloyd is a financial writer who has completed
three college degrees while working full-time.