Admissions Tip: Your Application Essay
1. Consider why the questions are being asked. What do those questions say about the institution, and what do you want the school to know about you in your answers?
2. Take some time to reflect carefully, brainstorm, and solicit feedback on ideas. Admissions officers read hundreds of essays each year; it is easy to tell which students put in the time, and the way the essay is written does demonstrate evidence of how the student may approach other academic work.
3. Cautionary note! While soliciting feedback and doing accurate proofreading is important, we want to hear your voice - not your teachers', parents', or others who may be helping you. It is okay to sound like yourself - we cannot learn more about you from the essay if it has been so over edited that it sounds more like an adult than a teenager.
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