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How to Write a College Essay

Ready...Set...Pitt! Summer 2014
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Kerri Meeks

on 23 July 2015

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Transcript of How to Write a College Essay

All of us are asked to write many things:

Lab Reports
Fiction & poetry
Emails & texts
Newspaper articles
Analysis of literature
Notes in class
Shopping lists
The College Essay
Why is a college essay so difficult (and scary)?
*Because your entire life depends on it!

*Strangers are going to be reading your work (Gasp)!

*You've never done anything like this before!
Do I really have to do this?
Tips on Writing the Perfect
College Essay
Show your writing
skills and creativity.
Stand
out
from the crowd.
Tell your story
beyond a
transcript.
Pitt receives around 31,000 applications.

Many applications appear very similar.
Not all students submit an essay.

Shows that you are willing to go above the minimum requirements.
Make the readers cry, laugh, or feel some emotion.

Make the admissions committee care.
Show your skills, talents, passions, and interests.

A place to relay your accomplishments or the lessons you learned from your failures.
Tell us what you've
done and how it
has shaped you
as a person.
Show colleges you
are an achiever.
Are you answering the prompt?
Remember all of the things your English teacher taught you:

Appealing introduction
Well-defined thesis statement
Support related to thesis
Conclusion
Correct grammar, punctuation, tone, and sentence structure
Are you using proper format?
When is an essay not an essay?

Poetry
Fiction
Screenplay
Photography
Journal
Music samples
Where do I start?
What are you being asked to do?

Is there a prompt or word limit?
Write about what
you know.

Stick to your topic.
The Writing Process
Brainstorm
Outline
Free write
First draft
Revise


Let others read
and critique your work.
Final draft
Time to Work!

Some universities
require an essay,
others only suggest it.
Pitt Short Answer Prompts
How have you overcome failure and what did you learn from it?
How have you exhibited outstanding leadership?
Why is Pitt a good choice for you?
Revise
Revise
Revise
Questions?
ambitious
fun
organized
leader
success
excel
grades
volunteering
travel
awards
Things first-year students fear about college:
Am I smart enough?
Will my roommate be weird?
Where's my new best friend?
Will I be okay without my folks, my dog, and my car?
How will I deal with peer pressure (for just about everything from dating to practicing religion)?
Where's the money?
The biggest academic worries for first-year students:
#2 was math anxiety

#1 was writing college essays
We all know "college" has two L's in it....
But we receive essays every year with students excited to live in
"Pittsburg"
and attend
"Pittsburgh University."
Maybe
Maybe
not
Spotlight your qualities:
Are you a leader?
Organized?
A goal-setter?
typed
double-spaced
name & date of birth in header
page numbers in header
The most effective responses range from 250-500 words in total for all three prompts.
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