As college admission applications open, high school seniors are looking for inspiration as they write a compelling college essay. Rick Clark, director of Undergraduate Admission at Georgia Tech, offers some practical tips.
I’m going to let you in on a secret. The person reading your essay wants it to be great! We always start on your side. Here are a few ways to keep us there:
Personal. Since most schools don't interview, this is the one opportunity you have to bring your voice into the application. Your test scores won't help readers understand if you are funny or if you are quirky or deeply concerned about a global or community issue. Think about it like this: If you dropped your unsigned essay in the hallway at school and a friend picked it up, would they know it was yours? If not, re-think your topic or style.