Join Leigh Ann Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video Knowing the audience for the essay, part of College Prep: Writing a Strong Essay.
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- Let's think back to our hypothetical toddler,…trying to persuade her mother,…and the lobbyist trying to convince her client.…In both these situations,…the speakers had figured out the best way…to get through to their audience.…The toddler's audience was her mother.…She knew from experience…that turning on the tears at just the right moment…might do the trick.…The lobbyist's audience was an influential state senator.…She definitely did her homework…and found out that name dropping a mutual acquaintance…would probably give her firm more credibility.…
Just like the toddler and the lobbyist tailored their words…to fit their audience,…you also need to pick the words…that will hit home with your reader.…Think of your audience on the level…of both the institution and the individual.…Try to find out as much as you can…about the school's mission and values.…If you've had a chance to visit the campus, that's great.…You may already have a good sense of the school's vibe.…But even if you haven't visited,…you can at least get an idea…
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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