Prepare to write your college application essay with tips from Allen Grove as he provides advice on what topics to write about and what colleges are looking for from an essay.
Q: How should the essay reflect applicant's personality?
A: You want to make sure that the essay is written in your voice. It should add on to all the other parts of your application but should not be a list of all your accomplishments. Try to focus on one aspect of your life/personality and write about that.
Q: Are there any specific topics that a college expects us to mention in an essay?
A: Most college essays are broad so you are able to pick a topic that matters to you. Follow any directions from the college and outside of that make the essay your own.
Q: Should the essay follow the basic three paragraph format?
A: It does not need to follow that format. If you need more paragraphs to make your point, that is fine. You should make the essay content define the format not the other way around.
Q: Can you go over 500 words, or is 500 words the limit?
A: The common application does limit the essay to 500 words so you should stick to that limit. If you are writing an essay for a particular college, follow their instructions. Pay attention to the instructions because you do want to follow any rules that are set.
Q: Do I need to make my essay funny?
A: If you are not funny, do not try to be funny in your essay and don't worry about it. Humor is not a requirement for the essay. If you do have a humorous side and want that to show through in your essay, that is great; however, do not make the whole essay funny. You still need to have substance in the essay and tell the college who you are.