Posted on 09/08/2017 11:53:49
How to Write Admission Essay?
Are you already aware about how to write an academic or admission essay? Well, you must be thinking, it is simple enough. Just start with a basic introduction, put in a thesis, write about 2-3 paragraphs regarding the truth of the matter and finally wrap it up with a tiny conclusion.
What if we say you forget all and learn the new ways of writing a highly successful and impactful college admission application or essay or a formal letter?
Do you know what your college application demands from you? It craves for life. Yes, it certainly does. No one likes a stale story and a common tone. Your college admission application should catch the real you. It should reveal your personality fully including the most important part i.e. who you are, then your grades, your test scores and moreover should describe the extra activities you have done in your school. But, don’t feel that you have to share every inch of your life. Definitely not, you can smartly choose to say what you want in a presentable manner.
Take some time and think about the officials either the college staff or the university officers who are actually going to go through your essay with full attention and concentration. Feel inside, how well your essay will create your image, present you and your background and uniquely showcase you? Think, if you will get an opportunity to stand in front of the officials, what will you prefer to say about yourself? The college or university application is another chance of opening the hidden you. Yes, you have a chance of demonstrating your goals, dreams, persona, traits, habits, hobbies, influences, challenges, opportunities, victories, learning, losses or even the profits, the privileges and benefits earned. Needless to say that you have to prove why you should be chosen to be a part of that college or university and what makes that college or university a good fit for you. These are majorly the stories behind the activities rolled in your application.
One of the problems students deal with is that they resist explaining what they have written in their essay. But, don’t feel to say only that which is pen down in your page. Your life definitely doesn’t restrict here. Pick the best moment and start explaining the true you.
It is no wonder that even admission officials understand that writing is not everyone’s business. But, it is another fact that anything is possible with great planning at right time. There are numerous ways to do that. The very first is to walk step by step and in the end, feel proud to have a well crafted and designed essay. Another one is to share what no one knows about you. Not secrets of course. But, the true traits in which you expertise at a level and write what no one can tell about you. The 6 most essential steps for writing an admission essay are described below in detail especially for you:
1. Listen to your instinct
It is very necessary to feel ease before you start writing. So, make yourself comfortable before holding the pen or pressing a key on the board. Take full time to realize what makes you write. Calmly read out and write what has been asked.
One of the most important and simplest parts of essay writing is to understand what has been asked and what your answer should be. When you are done with your essay, make sure that it still syncs with the prompt.
It is a fact that college questions regarding the essay greatly helps by listing the questions. These questions may vary from personal to formal but the motive behind is to ignite the spark in you.
Read the prompts. Read them twice. Read them again. Now, take enough time to think about what has been enquired and let it dig deep inside you. This will ensure that a continuous flow of thoughts is maintained.
Before you start scratching your brain, be clear what you want to do. Why you want to follow up and pursue. The answers will eventually arrive. If the answer to every question is surrounded by a conflict, take that question and apply it fully on yourself. You will get what you were seeking.
2. Scratch your brain
Get into the flow of thoughts by allowing whatever is coming into your mind and relate it to the college admission questions.
It is very clear that scratching the brain is a more difficult phase than writing what you want to. The main purpose behind the essay is to get every possible thought of yours on the paper. As soon as you will start writing you will start flowing in the direction of the topic.
Reflect on your life. Undoubtedly, so many years to remember and so many experiences to learn from. Try to recollect the relevant memories or events that will serve you the best. You can ask yourself a number of questions such as “What are my positive points”? “What makes me different?” “What my friends will think about me?” and so on.
Preferably write down everything. There is no scientific technique that will make you write but the force to let all out will be a feeling of relaxation later on.
Now, do one thing. Cut down the topics which seem irrelevant and choose the one which are correct in terms of college requirements. Ensure with yourself that which idea will suit you more and which idea will grab the reader so that either of you will not lose the interest.
Make a choice to tell your story from the ideas you have selected. Make sure to have true and abundant supporting details so that your talents, abilities, capabilities and achievements should lie on them.
3. Create a manuscript
Figure out yourself that what you are going to roughly prepare. Try to make an outline around which you will work.
You have often seen that architects make use of a blue print in order to create a final design. Programmers make use of coding to generate a webpage. Recipes are used and created by cooks. Do you know what they similar they possess? They make use of a plan. Yes, their own plan about themselves. Same applies to the writing as well. Once you have scratched your brain, you will definitely become aware about what to say, where to say and when to say. An outline or a rough manuscript is prepared in order to break the big sections of the essays into chunks so that it still appeals to the reader.
A good essay or an application should have a great story to tell. With all the elements in the sync, one must write. Shape your story well with a genuine start, middle and end. It should have a basic introduction with a unique body structure. All this will definitely lead to a cohesive and coherent essay.
Make sure to create a strategy around how you are going to reveal your essay. How will it start? What anecdote can be used initially? Either a dialogue or a question will be used in the start? It is suggested to identify and maintain an equal tone of the essay with appropriate humor and variations.
Always try to maintain your own writing style and tonal variations. It is an utmost important gesture to write keeping the natural aspect of you in the limelight. Frame the words in your vocabulary. It will be highly helpful for you if you will avoid any mid change and plan the layout of the essay in advance.
4. Write your thoughts
Once you are done with what you had to, now immediately start writing by elaborating your thought process through words. This will give a kick start to your outlining and format of the essay.
It is but obvious that by now you know everything to deal with and the manner in which should be done. So, grab a keyboard and sit in front of the computer and start. Make sure to be yourself by lining out the rough drafts without even moving back to change anything. Once you are done with that, now think about making any change or revising the whole draft or manuscript. Revise till the end you will get what you want. Take a glimpse of the word count and make yourself happy by that fact that you are completely aware of whatever you have written.
Try and always maintain the dignity of your essay by keeping it streamlined. A direct and focused approach will help you do that. Don’t lose your reader in order of achieving an abstract piece of work. Nothing written is worthy if no one reads it. Begin with the main theme and then follow your own footsteps.
Be highly specific. Make sure not to be clichéd or generic. Stop making your abstract ideas on your own and distract the reader from the essay. Quote those suitable examples which are relevant and important. Nobody likes garbage.
You may feel surprised to know that admission officers are experts in reading essays. It is not at all difficult for them to judge that whether you have written the essay or someone else on your behalf. So, keeping this point in mind, be yourself and adore it fully. Don’t’ even try to make your parents write for you. It is of no use to others if you cannot describe yourself well and good enough. Try to write which is unique yet common, formal yet casual and serious yet humorous. This will leave a deep impact on the reader.
5. Proofread your writing
It is no wonder that editing and proofreading the document is as essential as writing it. Even a single mistake can lower your standards and will show that you haven’t managed to finish things on time or even bothered to revise it. So, in order to avoid such a comment, make sure that you do a final edit and proofread your document or essay before release.
It is a fact that you have worked very hard for writing your essay but still it is a mandate to correct the mistakes you have done while writing. Even a single mistake whether grammatical or vocal, will depict carelessness on your part and will leave a negative impression on the admission official. So, make sure to re-read the document as much as possible.
Take a break in between your writing and editing, otherwise you will not be able to judge the mistakes easily. Just because you are in the flow of writing, it will take a little time to get into editor zone. So, give yourself at least one or two hours before you begin to proofread it. It will not only provide you a relaxation, however, will add a new approach to the reading. You will read the whole essay as a reader but not the one who has written it. This unbiased approach will lead to recognizing your mistakes very well.
One of the most important tips is to not rely completely on the computer. Even its error checking may fail at times. Computers can detect the spell and grammar mistake but they cannot understand the context in which you have used the words. Strictly avoid using any kind of slang or abbreviations. They look suitable in personal messages but are prohibited in forma college letters/ essays/applications.
In case, if you have a bunch of people around you who can read what you have written, it will be a great help to you. A parent, a teacher, a mentor, a guru, a guide, a friend, a peer, a classmate or even a tutor will act as a great source of feedback regarding your essay. So, make sure to make others read your work. Once they will feel a connection with what you have written, there is a big chance that even the admission officer will. Such an interactive session with your own closed ones will be another asset for you.
Have you ever read something backwards? Well, this may sound very awkward but doing so will reveal a number of mistakes to you whether grammatical or typing flaws. It is a human tendency to fill up the missing links while reading straight and in a well defined manner, but the moment you take the other route, you will feel surprised that this approach have worked for you well.
Keep a check on the essay by reading loud and in a consistent manner. This will reveal the punctuation status and creates sync between the sentences.
6. Conclude by winding up every aspect
The very first thing you should do while concluding your essay is to celebrate your victory for the thing you have done. Feel proud that you have achieved a writing skill if didn’t possess. Undoubtedly, writing an essay for a crucial admission process is tedious and does take a lot of time. So, respecting your own efforts and thanking your closed ones, conclude all the aspects in a well planned manner.
Write down everything at the time of essay submission such as your full name, your phone number, an ID (if you have) and an email address. Remember to get your essay copied and keep it safely with you for any further and future use.
“Ultimately, we can say that the one, who will follow the above steps with full dedication and honesty, will end up having a masterpiece which will definitely land you in a college or university area of your choice. So, get up and start writing your destiny with us”.