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Copy of ApplyTexas Admissions Essays Presentation

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A few tips on how to impress admissions officers and scholarship panels.
Mastering College Admissions Essays
What you're interested in
Your values - What's important to you?
Your thought processes, or how you think
The admissions essay offers insight into you as an individual beyond facts and numbers. Universities are interested in:
Choose a positive personal quality you'd like to convey through your essay; it can be shown in a personal experience that you have had in the past.
Tell by SHOWING: show, don't tell, through your writing
Give careful thought to style, word choice, and syntax
Proofread carefully
Draft, workshop, revise
Words to the wise: DO'S . . .
Generalize about the world or social issues
Try to save the world
Write about religious beliefs or political views
Write about your mom, dad, grandmother, girlfriend/boyfriend
Talk about how much you love yourself
The importance of a college education
The college admissions, or essay-writing, process
"The Best Game/Trip of My Life"
How your hard work paid off
Use SAT scores, resume info - anything already evident elsewhere in your application
Don't use 50 words when 5 will do.
More words to the wise:
DONT's . . .
Admissions regards your essays as a way to evaluate your preferences, values, mental processes, creativity, sense of humor, and depth of knowledge.
All essays ask for a theme that reflects
cause and effect
. The most important thing is how each experience has affected your life and your future experiences in college.
Your writing reflects your power of persuasion, organizational abilities, style, and originality.
Apply Texas
Essay Prompts
Describe a setting in which you have collaborated or interacted with people whose experiences and/or beliefs differ from yours. Address your initial feelings, and how those feelings were or were not changed by this experience.
Topic B: Describe a circumstance, obstacle or conflict in your life, and the skills and resources you used to resolve it. Did it change you? If so, how?
Topic C: Considering your lifetime goals, discuss how your current and future academic and extracurricular activities might help you achieve your goals.
Before You Start Writing
The person/people you are writing to matter! It is important to understand what they are looking for—it could be the difference between admission and rejection.
(Hint: Spend about 85% on YOU and how this experience influenced YOUR life. Remember that the point of these essays is to get to know you and get you into the college of your choice, not the people you interacted with.
Biggest mistake?
: spending too much time talking about someone else)

Refrain from using these phrases:
"There are so many people who have changed my life. It is hard to choose just one…”
“That’s why I am who I am today.”
Topic A
Topic B
(Hint: Choose something specific to YOU. Remember, they're still trying to get to know you. Use a specific example to help make your points clear; it will make your essay solid and convincing. Conclude with the lesson you learned from this experience.

Biggest Mistake?
: Picking too many things to write about. Remember that this is supposed to be a cohesive essay about essentially one topic.)
Topic C
(Hint: This is your chance to show admissions something about you they couldn't find anywhere else. Emphasize how these experiences have helped to shape you into the person you are today and how college will be a continuation of that positive growth.)

Biggest mistake?:
Rambling with no specific theme or point to make. Remember to choose a theme to follow and some cause and its effect that follows your theme.

1.How long does it have to be?
About 2 pages double spaced
2.Should I have anyone else read it?
We love helping you get into college!
3.Do I have to write all three?
You may have to write all 3, you may not have to write any. It depends on the schools you want to apply to. Also, if it says it's “optional,” you still need to write it
4.Can I hand-write it?
No, you will need to type it in Microsoft Word and paste it into the appropriate box on your Apply Texas Application.
The first thing you can do to get an idea of what your audience will be looking for is to look up some info about them. Colleges and scholarship providers have tons of information on their official websites. Be sure to look at some common words they use in their descriptions, and use similar key words in your essay when you’re making your points.
Different people write in different ways, but everyone can benefit from an outline before sitting down to write. Get an idea of where you want to go with your paper, so you will be able to keep a consistent theme throughout your essay.
Write due dates down on a calendar, a sticky note, the fridge, SOMEWHERE! Even if your essay sounds like it was written by Shakespeare, if it’s past due, no one is going to read it.
During your writing
Getting Started

It helps to make your essay more interesting and give you more voice if you start with a personal story that is related to the essay topic. It doesn’t have to be long, but it should capture your reader’s interest.

Try to stick to an overall theme (or two) that will help everything in your paper flow together. Remember to end that first paragraph with a sentence that gives your reader hints about where you’re going to go with
the rest of the paper.
Show, Don’t Tell

It’s all well and good to say that you are hard-working or intelligent, but you can go one step further. You can PROVE it by showing us that you’re hard-working. Talk about what you learned during your hours of community service, or the time you spend at work. The reader can fill in the character traits on their own.
Conclude by answering the question, “So What?” You’ve told the reader about how taking care of your sweet-but-ailing aunt was the best learning experience you’ve ever had; now tell them why they should care (Hint: Because you can take what you learned and apply it to your Major in Nursing or Psychology). Don’t forget to relate your ideas back to your audience!
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