College Admission: Quick Tip #7

Quick Tip # 7 Create a positive narrative

A repeated question from the universal prompts is to ask the applicant to describe an obstacle or setback that has affected them and how they evolved from the experience. 

More often than not—when answering the prompt—an applicant will focus only on their struggle, which results in a negative narrative. In addition, the applicant’s struggle can unfortunately become cliché when thousands of applicants applying to the same school and answering the same prompt have the same struggle. That’s why completing the story is so important; the applicant must include how they have evolved from the struggle—which provides them the opportunities to share their unique story and stand out to the reviewer. This also allows the essay to naturally develop a positive narrative.

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