5 Ways to Make Your College Admissions Essay Stand Out

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We get it: this is the advice you’ve heard from everyone about your admissions essay. But the reason you hear it over and over again is that’s it’s true! It’s more than true: it’s vital to your success. College admissions counselors want to look past the scores, grades, and numbers and discover a real person. What about it? Are you something more than just a GPA or an ACT score?

1. The “How-To” of Telling Your Story

Even if everyone keeps saying, “tell your story” it would be awesome to have some practical help in figuring things out. Here are the two most important parts of telling your story. (greatcollegeadvice.com)

2. Become A Storyteller In Under Five Minutes

Discover the two vital questions that can take any memory and turn it into a compelling narrative from your real-life experience. (essayhell.com)

3. What Makes You Unique?

The beauty of a college admissions essay is in a somewhat cheesy but also very real way it can set the tone for your college career. Culture has a way of asking what you want to do but not who do you want to be? Everyone wants to go to college, everyone wants to have a well-paying job, what makes you unique? Chances are you’re going to find it in the WHO you are and not the what.

4. Be A Real Person

It may not be fair, but it’s true: “In a way the college admission game is a standardized assessment, but it differs in that students are suddenly supposed to write not academically but personally.” Get the help you need to craft a personal story. (collegeXpress.com)

5. Sell What You Got: You!

It’s a challenge to write something personal and transparent. In this first-person piece blogger Lynell Engelmyer shows you how to turn a challenge into an opportunity. (collegeraptor.com)

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