Composing A Decent Personal College Essay: Vital Hints

Okay, so you are nearing the end of your time at school and it is time to move onto college. This is an incredibly exciting period in your life but it is also one in which new challenges can seem to pop up on an almost daily basis. You have a real dilemma here. How on earth do you get the tone right for your college essay right? You risk sounding juvenile and as if you don’t care about your future if you opt for a more informal approach. However, if you go too far in the other direction, then it will only come out sounding stilted and forced. So, just how do you compose a decent one? Here are my vital hints:

Obtain a sample

The very first thing that I would do if I was faced with this situation would be to obtain a sample or two and preferably from students who have applied in recent years to go to the college of your choice. This is the BEST way of getting a benchmark and taking the temperature as it were. Once you have your sample, you will then be able to figure out the best plan of attack.

Speak to your teachers

Your school most likely feeds into certain academic institutions. Your teachers will no doubt, have contacts and links within the place of your choice. It would therefore be foolish of you not to draw upon these most experienced of resources. While they are not going to write it for you, they will give you tips and pointers and send you off in the correct direction.

Be true to yourself

Trying to be something or someone that you are not is the quickest way to disaster. While yes, you are going to have to lift your language and think carefully about how you present yourself. The most important thing is that it has a ring of truth about it.

Write a list of ten positive characteristics

I think this is a brilliant exercise for anyone, regardless of whether they are tasked with writing a paper about themselves or not! Take some quiet time out and sit down and come up with a list of ten positive attributes. Include everything from the humorous to the serious. This is a great way of getting to know yourself!

Write the paper!

Now that you have the key characteristics, you should be ideally placed to knuckle down and write that glorious statement!

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