Friday, June 14College Admissions News

Tips to Build the Best “Story of You” – Colleges That Change Lives

If you’re feeling a little anxious about it, you’re not alone … but the college admission essay is an excellent opportunity for you to show who you are beyond your transcript and test scores. And writing it doesn’t have to be so daunting! There’s bound to be a hurdle or two as you work through “the story of you,” but if you plan properly, you can pull together an outline, work through drafts, and submit an essay you can be truly confident in.

Use these tips to get started:

  • Be you: No matter the topic you choose, remember that it’s important for you to be authentic and allow your unique voice to shine through.
  • Be succinct: Take the time to home in on your story in 650 words. The most powerful essays get to the heart of the story by staying on course, using words and phrases that illicit emotion, and steering clear of unnecessary information. In the end, the process of simplifying will help you craft a genuine and compelling essay.
  • Break through the block: Don’t let a case of writer’s block get you down! Taking a break, reflecting on your achievements, and speaking with a family member, friend or mentor can help get you back on track.

Click here for more essay writing tips along with resources you can use throughout your college search. Summer is a great time to get started, ahead of the hustle and bustle of a new school year!

Happy writing,

Diane Greenwood
Director of Admission
Ursinus College