If they wanted to, the best universities could simply rank students according to their test scores and achievements and send acceptance letters to those who had the highest qualifications. However, universities do not actually do this. They look to your college admission essay to help them choose an ideal student body. Why?
Ultimately, human beings attend college, not test scores, transcripts, or resumes. Admissions officers know that the highest qualified students often hail from very similar backgrounds. Moreover, they understand that, while not just any student belongs in their program, the students who do belong in their program can come from anywhere.
Perhaps finances or other things restricted your ability to have the kinds of accomplishments that other students have. If you lived in a rural or lower-income urban area, there simply may not have been as many opportunities available for you to have a string of club memberships to submit in your application.
However, the most common scenario is that you have scores, grades, and a resume that are, well, average. Maybe above or even at the top of national averages, but among the applicant pool, the more ‘technical’ aspects of your application can seem rather bland. Yet, admissions committees are looking for the ‘best’. And this is why college admissions essays are more important than ever.
How important is your college admission essay?
Aside from the mundane elements of a college application such as GPA and SAT scores, the one component that must accompany any college application is a personal statement or essay. Students frequently ask me how important that essay is and how it impacts one's chances of admission.
My answer to these questions is always the same: the essay is undoubtedly one of the most integral parts of an application and is oftentimes the deciding factor of whether or not one gains admission. This opinion particularly applies to the premier schools in the nation where students can barely be differentiated on the basis of test scores or class rank. In general, students applying to universities such as Yale or Harvard have exceptional test scores and generally perform well in school.
Test scores and the other various required elements on an application do not have a personal component. Everyone must provide those same numbers, which simply indicates one's performance on a given task. It is true that a number is representative of one's ability to take a test and is generally thought to demonstrate one's aptitude. What makes the essay particularly different from other components of one's application is its personal touch. No two essays will ever look the same and that is what makes the essay special.
Fortunately, one has complete control over the message the essay conveys to its readers. The essay is one's opportunity to "speak" to the individual who is reviewing one's application. It is often the component that makes or breaks one's overall application. Therefore, it is of utmost importance to guarantee that one's essay sheds some light on one's character that would otherwise have not been known to the reader. As a result, it is important to not merely repeat something that was stated elsewhere in one's application. This is unfortunately a common mistake and one that is often detrimental to one's overall chances of admission.
The essay, unless specified otherwise, does not have any requirements of a topic. One can write freely about whatever comes to one's mind. Some individuals opt to write about abstract ideas that come into their minds and how they relate. Others discuss personal dilemmas and the obstacles they have overcome. These examples serve to demonstrate the vast flexibility one has with the essay topic. Another positive aspect of the essay is that there is not one right topic to select that optimizes one's chances of admission. The right topic depends on the given individual.
However, the unlimited options present a challenge to many students who have numerous life experiences and are unsure how to decide which one to select. To that end, a EAS writing instructor is an invaluable person. Friends and family may be helpful for a preliminary discussions, but these individuals often lack the experience it requires to help make the best choice. A EAS writing instructor is one who has both experience and a proven record for success.
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The essay is the single best way for high school seniors to reveal themselves as individuals to prospective colleges.
Upon completion of our course, we promise each student will have written a polished essay that highlights their passions, character, and convictions, and demonstrates how they will positively contribute to a college community. During our Essay Workshop we will:
- Brainstorm about you – your experiences, your passions, your dreams!
- Discuss the major essay prompts (Ivy League, Common and Private College)Review the Do’s and Don’ts of writing application essays
- Examine sample essays to learn about what has worked for others
- Revise to perfect content and edit to correct grammar/punctuation
- Conference with the instructor for feedback and direction
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EAS essay writing instructors are all professional writers experienced in the field of college application essays. They know how great essays are put together, and they understand the nuanced logic of college admissions boards. However, our instructors do not write essays for anyone, and their instruction is no guarantee of admission into any college. EAS essay writing instructors will teach college-bound students the fundamentals of good essay writing, so that they, in turn, can complete an essay that most accurately reflects their capabilities and uniqueness.
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