While it may look like Mod Squad Pete is playing soccer, wiffle ball and pool games with his Midwestern cousins this week, I’m certain some part of his mind retains a laser-beam focus on drafting his college essay.
This Essay Edition of the Weekly Reader presents a few links for when he gets back on track.
1. Might help to start by looking at some of the questions. Most colleges now accept the Common App; many also ask for an essay and/or short answers on a supplementary application.
- The 2011 Common Application is currently offline. The questions can be found on pdf here. (The 2012 Common Application should be available online August 1st.)
- The University of Virginia‘s supplementary application questions are here.
2. College Essay Solutions offers some great, brief tips on how to write with emotion. Here’s one:
Be patient. Writing emotionally takes time. People often do not know how they feel about things and even if they do, cannot put those feelings into words. Allow the writing of the essay to unlock emotions you might not have even realized you possess, then keep looking until you find the exact words to capture those emotions.
3. Tips on writing college application essays from Allen Grove at About.com:
Your character shows up in three places on the application: the interview (if you have one), your involvement in extracurricular activities, and your essay. Of the three, the essay is the most immediate and illuminating to the admissions folks as they read through thousands of applications.
5. Finally, to better appreciate the work done by admissions professionals, take a look at actual example essays posted (and graded) by admission counselors at ReadyEssay.com. It doesn’t take long to appreciate how eye-glazing it must be to read thousands of essays at a time, many of them expressing how the student learned perseverance.
Wiffle ball is looking better and better right now.