More work needs to be done in order to craft an essay that makes you truly stand out.To do that, you’ll first want to avoid making some common mistakes.The point of this exercise is twofold: These are all jumping off points for the essay.
For the most part, it’s unlikely that you’ve experienced anything extremely uncommon in the relatively short amount of time you’ve been a human.
Most high school students lead lives that don’t deviate too far from the norm – except that one quiet guy in your class who sits next to the window near the back.
Even if they do, they certainly don’t have the same knowledge and perspective that you have.
To close this gap, you need to be as specific as possible. Let’s say you’ve decided to write about your time in high school marching band; specifically, you’re recounting the first time your performed with the band in front of a crowd (I use this example because it’s something I’m personally familiar with).
He’s almost certainly either a genius mech pilot or the subject of some prophecy in an alternate dimension that he’ll be transported to.
Now, it’s certainly that you happen to be that guy, and I definitely encourage you to highlight any uncommon experience you’ve had on your essay. Everest or visited space or helped cure a rare disease, then yeah, you should probably mention that at some point.
Here are a few things to avoid writing about: Really, the success of your essay will come down not to what you write about, but how.
In general, it’s much easier to stand out on the basis of how you approach your topic than what you say.
It’s impossible to write an article covering every possible essay prompt you could encounter in the college application process. S., the types of questions vary somewhat among different schools – to say nothing of what you might encounter at schools in other countries. For some good examples, here are the five questions from this year’s Common Application (a kind of “master application” accepted by many U. colleges and universities): As you can see, these questions are all very open-ended. Colleges want to give you as much freedom as possible to show them who you are.
The prompts are just supposed to be starting points.