The student that's able to cut through that, an interesting essay, an unusual topic, someone who makes us laugh, that's someone that stands out for us.
If you’re inclined to believe that we’ve opened by saying that there’s no a magic formula for writing a perfect college application essay and then proceeded to give you one, you’re wrong: What we’ve done is the equivalent of telling you to give the meal you’re cooking an enticing aroma – one that’s sure to draw diners to the table – and then use interesting combinations of herbs and spices to complement the flavor of the dish.
Sometimes it seems that there are only four types of essays: the 'class president' essay, the 'I lost but learned' sports essay, the 'I went to Europe and earned how complex the world is' essay, and the good old 'being yearbook editor sure is hard work' essay. Second, an effective app essay presents the writer as an interesting person by taking the risk of revealing him/herself in a creative way because that suggests that he/she has a very good shot at being a good student.
When I read one of those, it takes amazing willpower to get to the third paragraph." "So sometimes you don't read the whole essay? What follows is from Seth Allen, dean of admissions and financial aid at Pomona College, while he was answering questions from a producer on February 16, 2011 during his time in the same position at Grinnell College, about what really goes on when admissions officers decide applicants' fates. students who can, in their own words, paint an effective picture of themselves through demonstrating to us what matters to them, because of the topic they choose to write on and how they choose to write about it and the risks they take in setting up their subject.
There is no perfect college admission essay that’s going to appeal to all college admissions officers, because they have differing tastes, just like you and the various members of our staff do.
Still, there are reasons that one of the essays in “Essays That Worked…” was featured in the book’s opening, and we’re absolutely convinced that there are valuable lessons to be learned from that. Your desk is somewhere beneath a huge stack of papers. Mechanically, you open the next application folder, and again you force yourself to read: I am constantly striving to expose myself to every opportunity to become a person with a deep understanding of my own values and of the environment in which I find myself.
We’ve provided you with neither a precise list of ingredients — which should consist mainly your own unique, personal stories that reveal who you are — nor directions on how to cook (though adding dollops, pinches, and smidgeons of characteristics that admissions officers find delectable in well-prepared applicants is advisable, and we’re more than passably good at helping applicants accomplish that).
Further, there’s nothing necessarily easy about coming up with an effective opening hook, presenting oneself in a creative way, knowing the “what” and “when” of adding those delectable characteristics, and then serving a delicious closing that ties it all together in a way that makes the reader/diner sit back, smile, and say “Ah.” However, we’re going to be covering some of those topics in our articles and blogs, and, if you’re already working on a personal statement or are about to begin to do it and want or need help now, we’re really good at it, so reach out to us and ask for help.
You slowly bow your head and rest it in your hands, wishing for a different job. First the flour and the sugar need to be sifted together into a large bowl.
Suddenly, a gust of wind blows through an open window, upsetting the pile of applications. Curious, you pick up the essay and start to read, and you smile: 4 c. Flour reminds me of the powder snow that falls in the West.