The perfectionist’s guide to the college essay

When it comes to writing college admission essays, having a personal voice is more vital than an essay that’s been rewritten multiple times to perfection. In fact, it is not just about how you write, but also about how vulnerable you are willing to be.

College admission essays are a test to see if you “can get out of your head and open your heart”. It is actually an “exercise in exploring self”. What makes you who you are? Who are you outside the constraints that are placed upon you by school, parents, friends and society?

Although it make look and sound easy, writing about one’s self is perhaps one of the greatest challenges in college admission, especially for the overachieving perfectionist. At the end of the day, to write an effective college admissions essay, you have to be willing to take risks, be vulnerable and share your truth.

This article is actually a good exercise in self reflection. One can actually do better when he or she knows what he or she wants and what he or she is capable of doing. It may actually be a good idea to institute this idea as part our pre-university curriculum. It allows students to think more deeply and be more prepared to enter university life too.

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