Do you have what it takes to get into the top colleges in the nation?
Maybe your answer is an emphatic “yes!”. Or a less certain “maybe.” Perhaps it’s even a “no”. But try answering these questions, and then reassess your answer:
- Do you have a compelling and personal life story you are willing (and able) to write about, without coming off as preachy, weird, or cliche ?
- Do you have one or two teachers who really know you, both as a student and as an individual?
- Do you really know yourself? Can you pinpoint your strength and weaknesses? Your aspirations and fears? Your passions?
If you answered “no” to any of the above questions, then you’ll need some help with your college application essays.
There’s no shame in that. This doesn’t mean you’re stupid or uninteresting. This just means that apart from the GPAs, SAT scores, AP scores, etc., your one shot at convincing college admissions officers of your worthiness to attend their school is your personal statement. And that one part of your app can make or break your chances for admission.