7 Tips for a Perspective on Writing College Essays

Still struggling with your College Application essay?

Well, which one is it – Personal story essay | Why an MBA | Why ‘this’ B-school essay? | Career Goals Essay | Leadership Essay | Teamwork Essay | Weakness/Failure/Setbacks Essay | Achievements essay | Challenges overcome/risks taken | Ethical Dilemma/social responsibility | Passion/Motivation/Initiative | Diversity/community | Additional information/extenuating circumstances | Undergraduate Application Statement of Purpose (SOP) | Master’s Application | The Common App Prompts…

Whatever the essay, remember: They are not asking you to change the world or be the next Steve Jobs; but they are certainly interested to know if you believe in your own brand.

Here are some tips to help you change your perspective: 

  1. College Essay writing = 30% writing skills + 70% thinking skills
  2. There is no fixed way to write
  3. The final essay can take multiple drafts, re-drafts and still may not be perfect! Keeping at it is important
  4. Pre-writing is as important as writing
  5. Your story is your strongest ‘hook’
  6. Giving more TIME betters the chances of a superb pitch
  7. Seek guidance. It is a process of mentorship that can really add value.

Watch the College Essay Impact presentation to know more.

Published by Charushilla

Charushilla is an evolving educator who founded her unique mentoring initiative, University Connection from her living room! Over the years, having mentored thousands of students, she's grown into an authority in edupreneurship, college planning, communication consulting, scholarships and into a high performance coach for young minds! She believes that career decisions are life decisions and works with students, parents, young professionals to aim for more.

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