Join Leigh Ann Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video Communicating sincerity and enthusiasm, part of College Prep: Writing a Strong Essay.
- Every year in May or June I get an e-mail…from a former student who is signed on to work…as a sale rep for a company…that sells highend knives and silverware.…Even though I know what's coming,…out of compassion I agree to meet with the former student…so he can give me the sales pitch.…"No pressure to buy," he assures me.…"I just want to show you our products."…Listening to these students stumble…through the half-memorized sales scripts is kind of like…reading an ineffective college application essay.…Although the words might sound good,…they come across as stilted or stiff,…and they lack the genuine sincerity and enthusiasm…that it takes to really convince me…that you believe what you're writing.…
Just as you can't fake sincerity and ethusiasm…when you talk to someone,…you can't fake it when you write either.…Remember your audience.…These are professionals who read essays…as a part of their job.…They can spot insincerity just as easily…as an English teacher can spot plagiarism.…It's as obvious as the words on the page.…
AuthorLeigh Ann Chow
- Understanding the essay purpose and audience
- Reviewing common and unusual essay prompts
- Starting with a strong opening statement
- Showing, not telling
- Adhering to word limits
- Organizing the essay
- Varying sentence structure
- Revising the essay
- Communicating sincerity and enthusiasm
Skill Level Beginner
1. Exploring the College Application Essay
2. Examining the Types of Essay Prompts
3. Maximizing Your Chances of Success
4. Writing the Essay
5. Distinguishing Yourself in Your Essay
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