College admission tips: Quick tip #5

Quick Tip #5 Keep it Focused

You volunteer at a retirement center, run cross county, sing in the choir, take AP courses, collect stamps, and travel to Italy every other summer! There are so many things that make you unique—how could you possibly put all of these experiences in a two page essay? Word of advice: Don’t

 When writing your college admissions essay, keep it focused. For example, while volunteering at the retirement center you developed a friendship with one of the retirees. Every Sunday you helped them sort and organize their stamp collection, which inspired you to start your own because of the rich history of each stamp. On your family trip to Italy the summer between your junior and senior year you made it your mission to find the rare Mona Lisa stamp printed in the early 1900s. Not only were you able to find the rare Mona Lisa stamp, you were also able to find multiple other rare stamps. The best part of finding these stamps was that you were able to share them with your friend from the retirement center! These experiences have inspired you to pursue a major in History, with a minor in Italian at the university. 

So even though you weren’t able to include all your achievements, a focused and exciting story was written that tells the reviewer a little bit about yourself and why you want to major in a specific degree.

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