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College Essay Workshop

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Karen Unruh

on 26 September 2013

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Transcript of College Essay Workshop

Where do you begin?

Your job
is to give the admissions officer an unforgettable
encounter
with you,
on

paper.
First,

read and UNDERSTAND

the question or prompt.
Your essay should

reveal
your:
character
values
preferences
thought processes
When you are done writing, always

go back and ask:

"Was my essay relevant to the question or prompt?"
To begin brainstorming, sometimes it helps to think of
yourself
in
new ways.
Are you...
a
poet
,
or a
lyricist

?

an
organizer
or a
leader
?
A
problem solver
or a
creative spirit
?
Use the college application essay to
expressively market yourself
.
In other words, what
makes you tick?
Demonstrate that:

You are a
vibrant
person, with
unique experiences and insights
.
You have
made a difference
in someone's life.
...you are

excited to contribute

to

their

school community.
Once you've chosen your topic or idea,
list as many details
that relate to it.
Think carefully about details:
emotions
what you: saw,

felt,

heard,

tasted,

smelled.
What
lessons
did you learn, or
realizations
did you have?
How did an event or someone
change

you, or you them?
To outline, think of a

logical progression

of ideas.
Always begin with a
strong and creative

lead
. You have to engage this reader--
fast!
Finish with an ending that has

p u n c h!
Begin at
the end.
Think about
the final impression
you'd like to make.
Above all else ... your essay should be
M
E
M
O
R
A
B
LE
Your Admissions Counselor may spend only
5 minutes
reading your masterpiece.
Make every word count!
24
GPA
660
3.75
SAT
1,870
ACT
Am I just a number?
Once you've chosen your topic or idea,

list as many details

that relate to it.

Write
v
i
v
i
d
l
y
How do I
stand out
from the crowd?
an
adventurist
or a
risk taker
?
brave
Ask others to
describe
you.

Ask what they believe is the most meaningful thing you've done for them.
zany
BOLD
respectful
fearless
a born leader
mature
thoughtful
organized
meticulous
clever
witty
a visionary
As you write, be sure that you do so
authentically.
Your
unique voice
should come through clearly.

Avoid
language
that does not reflect your
personality
.
Always remember
that your
words
should
convey
that ...
passive voice
Edit carefully!
contractions
Redundant words
Noun verb agreement
parallelism
syntax
spelling
slang
Trim the

fat
!
cliches
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