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9. What Are Anecdotes In Terms Of Essay Writing

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7 Steps to Writing a Captivating, One-of-a-Kind College Application Essay

Is there anything more intimidating than sitting in front a computer and saying to yourself, «Okay, I am now going to write an essay that is going to affect where I go to college and maybe the rest of my life»? Yikes!

Slow down — let’s get some perspective on this whole college essay business. Unless you really screw up, no single essay is going to get you in or out at a particular college.

College admission readers will be looking at a myriad of factors besides essays, including a) what kind of student you have been from your freshman year through the first semester of your senior year; b) your test scores (unless they are a test-optional school); c) the kinds of activities you have been involved with (honors and awards received); d) and what the school counselor and teachers have to say about you on the recommendation forms. They will also be aware of how you present the information: It must be neat, organized, accurate, up-to-date, flawless in terms of spelling, grammar, and punctuation and have absolutely no typos.

Having said that, doesn’t it make sense for you to produce the best application essays you can? Doing that will increase the chances of your getting into the colleges to which you apply. What follows should help you get started on an essay, and also end up with one about which you will feel proud.

THE STEPS TO WRITING A CAPTIVATING, ONE-OF-A-KIND ESSAY

1. Set aside a block of time in a place that is free of distractions.

Over the years, I have discovered that there are many things I can do in fits and spurts — clean up my office, talk to friends on my cell, read the news (online or hard copy), even work out. However, writing is not a good «fits and spurts» activity. The best way of approaching it is to block out a specific amount of time — like one or two hours, perhaps more. Literally put it on your calendar! Then locate yourself in a quiet place that offers a good surface for your computer or writing pad. This might be a desk in your room, a kitchen table or the corner of your favorite coffee house or public library. Before you start the writing process, gather all of your supplies:

  • The college application that contains the essay questions
  • Your computer and/or writing pad
  • Pens or pencils

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