Bragging about one’s self is difficult for some students. Although the bragging is very easy for others students, they must distinguish their efforts to demonstrate skills with the correct manner of presentation. Showing the best qualities to the admissions officers at a desired college or university requires a specific tactical effort that many students rarely attempt. This is why it is so important to do it! There are hundreds and thousands of students applying for the same few seats in the freshman class. This essay gives students a chance to share a few more important details about their talents, skills and abilities to give to the school.
Applying for college has become a process that most people think is simple to do. Most of those people think that counselors will be there to answer all questions and resolve all problems. The truth is that the number of high school counselors has been depleted at many schools. The counselors that are still on staff are very overworked and often too busy for timely responses.
Timing is very important and I always recommend that all applicants should get all documents done as soon as possible during the summer before 12th grade begins. Essays should be written and reviewed several times and then shared with several trusted teachers and parents to review and possibly edit. Elements of the essay should include the answers to the prompt questions, demonstrate a proper grasp of grammar and writing skills, and show the school what you can offer as a leader.
With the wide variety of prompts from which to choose, it makes no difference which one is actually selected. The best choice is the one that is most closely related to your priorities and give you the best chance to shine. The key is to tell the school what it needs to know about you and why you stand out among the competition for admission. Talents range from being a team leader on a sports team to being a consistent volunteer at the neighborhood community service center. Starting your own business gives you entrepreneurial skills and experiences, while singing in the church choir means that you could do the same in the college choir. Too often skills and experiences are overlooked as being average. Find out what you enjoy doing, what you excel at doing and share that in the essay.
Every college and university has a newspaper, magazine, website, TV station and radio station. All of the schools on your list have a commencement, alumni association, career day, guest speakers, and fund-raisers. Every one of these events requires a team to plan, coordinate and execute the program. Those responsibilities are given to student who want to lead, gain experience and broaden their networks. While networking is a topic for another blog entry, it is interesting that writing the college essay will take students all the way to networking for a full-time career!