THE VALUE OF YOUR COLLEGE ADMISSION ESSAY:
Each year as more students are applying to colleges, considering that admissions counselors have only a few minutes to read through each application, students need to view their essays as an opportunity to showcase their talents and personal strength, and to tell their story.
Recently one admission counselor from a top US university wrote in an acceptance letter to one of the student that he was very impressed about how the young student combined his passion for music with his dedication to community service. The student wrote about different aspects of his life, exhibiting his true passions. By from each of his words and paragraphs, he gave the admissions counselors a glimpse into his life and submitted an exceptional application, one that proved to be memorable.
While grades, courses and test scores are always going to be the significant factors in the admissions process, essays can sometimes make all the difference between an acceptance and a denial. It is important for the student to view the essays not as an obstacle to fear, but rather as an opportunity to speak directly with the admissions committee. The essay portion is the only part of the application where you have complete control, so take advantage of it and express your individuality!