In answering an essay prompt, you need not always do it the most normal way. What if you were to take the negative approach to answer the prompt? What are your hopes? Maybe you can tell what your hopes are by writing what you do not hope for. Perhaps you can create a little mystery by not answering the prompt immediately. What to you want to study? Maybe you could reveal that in the last sentence of your prompt after telling about all the little things that have some relevance to your area of study.
For example, you might describe many natural flora, observe fauna, then list feelings you have about nature to lead up to writing that you want to study biology. You might even bury your answer to a prompt in a story or in a moral tale or even in a description.
Be clear and logical As much as you wish to shine, the shine will be lost if your sentences and thoughts do not string together logically. You must make sense to the reader. Reread your essay as though you have no idea what the writer is talking about. Does it make sense?
Are there transitions between different sections of the essay? Is the essay organized? Have you started at the beginning?
Have you provided an ending? Have you given enough background information? Draft: Fabulous University is a large campus in a diverse urban setting with lots of great research opportunities. Answering the question: Fabulous University will connect me with the top mouse trap analysts in the international business district of Capital City, which will allow me to pursue my dream of finally building the best mouse trap. This revision does answer the question because it focuses on the characteristics of Fabulous University that make you want to go attend.
Prompt: Describe a summer activity that has had an impact on you. Life in Honduras is very different than my life back home. I learned a lot and was happy to help people. Answering the question: This summer, I built wells in Honduras.
While learning how to dig and manage irrigation and the sore muscles that came with it , I also developed an appreciation for baleadas, late nights of silly conversation with my host family, and how small our world really is. Not only do I want to continue helping in Honduras, but I also view the simple necessities of everyday life with a new appreciation and now want to help curb food and water waste back in the USA. Write about you. I know you love your friends-family-dog-teacher-tutor-ice cream truck driver, but this essay is for your admission to college.
Is the most important thing about you…your friends? For example.. Prompt: Discuss a peer who has made an impact on your life. Draft: My friend Ralph is the smartest guy I know! He is never to busy to return my texts when I need help. Writing about you: My friend Ralph is the smartest guy I know! Prompt: Describe the environment in which you were raised and the impact it had on you.
Draft: My parents, who are both from Jupiter, really motivate me to do well. They have worked hard to become Earthlings and they still work long hours. Change can happen later. I happen to enjoy, no, I love white water rafting.
Your tone is important Too many times, seniors in high school think they are writing to an audience of college intellectuals, and they write to impress. More often than not, the readers for a college or university admissions office are young people, maybe only 3 to 6 years older than you. Also these readers, young or old, intellectual or not, are reading hundreds of essays.
Imagine how boring those essays can become, especially if they are dull, too-alike, or stuffy. So, your tone should be personal. It should also be warm, somewhat humorous, and most of all human. Good advice is for you to write your essay as a letter to a friend, without the colloquial language.
The same points of interest, the same humor, the same tone that a friend could appreciate is what a beleaguered essay reader will appreciate—minus adolescent, more-than-I-need-to-know detail. A friendly essay written for a reader that the writer treats as a friend is the way to go. Do not write that typical five paragraph essay to your English teacher. The college essay is a personal statement written to another individual you might make an adult friend of.
Of course, there is such a thing as decorum, which means distinguish yourself but not in a foolish or unwise way. Humor should be light, not lewd or inappropriate. You should have a friendly tone, but not a good-ole-buddy tone.
Is the most important thing about you…your friends? Conflicts need to be solved in order for there to be a resolution. The air was cold and the football field was frozen solid.