Quick Tip #1: Make it personal
Applicants are afraid to feel vulnerable, and therefore, write generic and boring college application essays. When writing your essay, make sure the reviewer understands who you are as both an academic and an individual. Your unique personality and goals make you memorable, and therefore, makes your application stand out to the reviewer. Before starting the writing process, think for a few minutes about what makes you unique (separate from your academic achievements). For example, why do you want to go to college, what have you done to prepare for college (i.e., volunteer, play sports, work, perform in theater, etc.), and what you want to gain by attending college. There are other areas in your essay where you will discuss your academic achievements, so make sure the reviewer also understands who you are as a person separate from those achievements.
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