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How to Write a Great College Application Essay

One of the most important parts of your college application is the essay. One the one hand, you want to stand out from the rest of the applicants. On the other hand, you need to convey a certain level of social, intellectual and emotional aptitude by conforming to rules. So how do you walk this fine line and write a great college application essay?

Below, Amy Clark from Paper Proofreader gives you five tips that will help you write a great college admissions essay:

1. Who are you?

You want to tell a story about yourself that will show the members of the college's admission staff your positive qualities. Show them the best you and back it up with evidence. Make the college want you.

2. Write well

Writing with good narrative and strong logical flow demonstrate a great deal about your mental abilities. Don't jump all over the place and make sure there are natural transitions between thoughts. It is also very important to use correct grammar. You should definitely have multiple people read over your essay and provide suggestions and corrections.

3. Avoid Careless Errors

Carelessness is a quality that most colleges admission boards do not want to bring onto their campus. Your college application essay is your best chance to demonstrate your work ethic, your attention to detail and your commitment to quality. Make sure to proofread your essay multiple times, on different days (you'll see it with fresh eyes). Also ask a friend or parent to help edit.

4. Can You Follow Instructions?

Demonstrate that you can follow the rules by sticking to the proposed page limit or word limit. Make sure that you have done all formatting and spacing as suggested. Be sure you have actually answered the question with your essay and kept to the point and not deviated off topic.

5. Will You Succeed?

Colleges want successful people. They want to graduate alumni who will make them proud. Use your college application essay to bring to life past successes and positive aspects of your character. Think about a few characteristics that enable you to be an achiever and have helped you accomplish past goals.

Bonus: Finally, it can definitely help to have a professional proofreader/editor look over your paper before sending it in. Doing so will help put the finishing touches on the essay and polish off the rough edges. While it cost between $20-$40, this could be one of the best investments you make and help get you into the college of your dreams. If you are interested, I offer a service that provides college admission essay help at my website.

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