Quick College Essay Tips

Writing the personal statement essay can feel like the biggest hurdle early in the college application process. Whether you’ve written your first draft already, have some ideas floating in your head, or have nothing at all; these tips will help get you on track.

Tip 1: Don’t be afraid to be the real you.

Reading about what is actually important or interesting to you helps admission officers get to know you, which is the most important part of the essay!

Tip 2: Start with an outline.

Even if you only have 5-10 minutes, brainstorming an outline can help you get a flow of ideas going and can help you determine if your topic feels right to you.

Tip 3: Make sure to communicate your message.

While compelling stories and writing are always great, make sure to connect your masterpiece to your message. How does the story or the insights you share show who you are?

Tip 4: Don’t be afraid to change your mind on a topic.

If a topic isn’t working out, is something that you don’t feel positive about writing about after all, or you simply think of an idea that you prefer, you can change your mind.

Tip 5: Get feedback from different sources.

Have a couple of different people review your essay. People who know you well can help you highlight your unique qualities. People you don’t know well may share less biased opinions.

Tip 6: Try not to over-review your essay.

While it is helpful to get feedback and adjust, try not to overanalyze yourself too much. You do want to improve your essay and catch errors, but you don’t want to lose your voice.