The Do’s and Don’ts of Writing a Great College Essay

What’s more fun than writing essays for school? Obviously, writing extra essays outside of school that are incredibly important for your college admissions!

Lots of high school students are intimidated by the process of writing essays, and that’s pretty fair. It’s hard to tell what’s going to set your own essay apart from the thousands (yes, literally thousands) of others.

No matter how good or bad your SAT scores are, or how strong your GPA is, you know your college essays still matter a lot. These are basically you’re only opportunity to show an admissions office who you are and what makes you unique.

Fortunately, you can follow a few simple guidelines for writing an essay that’s both true to yourself and stands out from the pack.

Do: Write About What Genuinely Excites You

Colleges want to know why you’ll be a valuable member of their communities. They want, first and foremost, passionate people who are going to make the most of the college experience. It doesn’t matter if your interests are academic in nature — like you lovebiology — or related to extracurriculars. What colleges want to know is that you have things you love enough to really apply yourself to.

For example, if you have terrible grades in math class, then it might just be crucial that you’re a prolific poet.

And remember, you don’t have to know your major or your career right now. You just have to be interested in things.