Join Leigh Ann Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video Demonstrating introspection, part of College Prep: Writing a Strong Essay.
- Just as the word introspection's prefix and root suggest,…the word means, literally, the process of looking inside.…In personal narrative writing,…introspection is especially important…because it contributes to the writer's ethos or credibility,…and lends an element of depth…to autobiographical writing.…The opposite of an introspective essay…is a shallow, surface level piece.…Such writing tends to be boring…because it is so generic and superficial.…
So, in a situation that asks you…to convey a sense of who you are,…you definitely don't want to write a superficial essay.…Some students dislike personal narrative writing…because it requires introspection.…You might be one of those students.…Maybe you don't like the idea…of reflecting on yourself in writing.…But others excel at introspection…and can write fluently about personal topics…with no problem.…Not all college application prompts…ask you to dredge the depths of your soul.…
Being introspective does not mean…sharing intimate, personal details with strangers.…
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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