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Telling a Story With Your College Application Essay

Writing a college essay can seem like a daunting task. Deciding what things to include and what things to leave out can almost seem impossible. While there are many different approaches you can take, one that is foolproof is telling a story, specifically, a story about what makes you a good candidate for the college you are applying for.


Make a short list of what your most defining characteristics are. Are you a hard worker? Punctual? Are you studious? Or kind? These qualities should be things that will help the university understand what kind of student they are admitting. Because of this, make sure that they are positive things that demonstrate a good work ethic and responsibility. After making this short list, think of a story about your life that demonstrates these kinds of characteristics. It can be about anything, as long as it gives an example of you using these attributes to do something good. Doing this will not only showcase your writing ability, it will help the admissions committee understand you better as a person while also learning about what makes you a good candidate for their school.


These days, it is not enough to simply have good grades and good test scores. You need to stand out from the crowd in any way that you can. Sharing a life story that demonstrates your strengths is the perfect way to help the admissions committee feel like they know you. Take time to focus on making that essay as personal and clear as possible so that there is no mistake about how you will handle life at university.