The COLLEGE ESSAY
How important is the college essay?
Certainly the most important criteria for college admissions is the student’s GPA, strength of curriculum, and test scores (if required). However, when applying to colleges, especially selective schools, most applicants have similar academic profiles. So what else do colleges look at to determine admittance? Extracurricular activities, letters of recommendation, and the college essay/personal statement are factors which reveal character, personality, motivation, and fit for the college.
You have a unique background, interests and personality. The college essay is your chance to tell your story or, at least, part of it. The best way to tell your story is to write a personal, thoughtful essay about something that has meaning for you. Be honest and genuine, and your unique qualities will shine.
Admissions officers have to read an unbelievable number of college essays, most of which are forgettable. Many students try to sound academic rather than sounding like themselves. Others write about a subject which they think will impress admissions officers but has no personal value.
The college essay can set you apart from others and allow college admissions to look at you beyond numbers. It can be the determining factor of matriculation into the school of your choice.
Instructor of American and British Literature at La Salle Academy,
2005 – Present.
M.Ed. Providence College
Instructor of Composition & Philosophy Dean College.
M,Ed. Fitchburg State College,
PhD University of Rhode Island (anticipated completion 2022).
Instructor for URI College Writing Course and English Department Chair at Westerly High School, 2003-present.
National Board Certified 2014.
M.Ed. University of New Haven.
Instructor of American and British Literature at La Salle Academy, 2011-2019. Instructor at Westborough High School 2019-present.
M.Ed. Providence College.
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