throw that out the window because it’s nothing but a one way ticket to Snoozeville not only for you but for anyone tasked with reading it.
The biggest mistake students make when writing an essay is that they forget who their audience is.
So don’t write the one you think they want to read… Then, choose the essay topic that resonates most with you as a student.
That enthusiasm will shine through in your writing, and hopefully “wow” the reader enough to convince them they have to have you at their school.
The key to writing an essay worth reading is writing an essay that has not been written before.
It needs to be your own story, not the story you think they want to hear.
The mother, a short woman with dark hair, went to the heart of the matter. Knowing what a big deal it is to a teenager to signal a need for comfort from a grownup, and knowing how much parents long to know their kids' feelings, I felt as if my concerns had been answered and that this family might struggle but would be fine.
But the 11 months since then, last October till now, have felt more like two or three years, with all of us holding our collective breath.
One of my favorite things about writing is that there is no right or wrong answer. It’s written by one individual and read by another.
An essay isn’t a scantron that you have to correctly bubble in or risk some computer incorrectly grading you. But all too often students, especially in the application process, forget this. If your topic is flawed, cliché, generic, or boring, it doesn’t matter how well crafted your essay is it will be forgotten.