Join Leigh Ann Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video Tailoring your essay for other purposes, part of College Prep: Writing a Strong Essay.
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- By the time you edit, polish, and publish,…you've put a ton of work into your essay.…After you submit it, wouldn't it be nice if you could…get some more use out of it?…What about those safety schools you still need to apply to?…Their prompt is pretty open-ended.…But before you copy and get ready to paste,…pause to think about a few important considerations.…It's not a question of ethics.…Plagiarism only applies if you're trying to claim…someone else's work as your own.…We'll talk more about that in a minute.…
The question becomes whether or not…what you've written already fits the prompt.…Make sure that your essay responds…specifically to the language the school uses.…If your essay is too vague or general, it won't succeed.…And there are a bunch of prompts out there.…Just about every Common App school…now requires some sort of supplement.…Harry Bauld points out the irony of this in his book…when he says that the Common Application…has actually done the exact opposite…of what it was intended to do.…Instead of streamlining the college application process,…
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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