Join Leigh Ann Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video Deciding whether or not to write an optional essay, part of College Prep: Writing a Strong Essay.
- Although the essay requirement…has been a mainstay of the college application…for more than 50 years,…this may not always be the case.…A recent update to the Common Application…for the 2015-16 school year…gives members the option of whether or not…to require an essay at all.…Up to this point, the electronic application…could not be submitted without one.…Several individual schools had already made essays optional.…Penn State, for example,…offers students the choice…of whether or not to submit an essay.…
But does optional really mean optional?…Some experts don't think so.…College Confidential's Dave Berry says:…"For competitive colleges,…"there's no such thing as optional.…"Optional essays are a wide-open door of opportunity…"to tell them more about who you are and how you think."…Harvard, one of the Ivy League's most competitive schools,…offers an optional additional essay.…They invite students to submit one with this odd phrase:…"You may wish to include an additional essay…"if you feel the college application forms…
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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