Ever since I posted the first video in my college series, which you can find here, I have gotten a bunch of e-mails from various people asking for help writing the infamous college essay. While I cannot tell you exactly what to write about, I can give you 2 huge tips to keep in mind when picking your topic.
The first tip is to make your essay about something that has defined your life. Something that is huge. Don’t write a generic essay about your trip to Lake George over the summer and how much fun it was, unless, of course, it has changed your life. This essay is supposed to give the reader an idea of who you are and a deeper look into your life. Choosing a topic to write about will definitely force some of you to dig deep into your past, but it will be worth it.
The next tip I have is to make yourself stand out. There are thousands of other essays that will be submitted each year, and your job is to set yourself apart. How are you different from everyone else? What makes you special? We have all had such unique experiences in our lives, and your job is to share one of yours with the reader.
Another thing to keep in mind is that you don’t want to come off as pretentious and you don’t want to brag. This is a personality trait that absolutely no one finds flattering and will not sit well with the reader. You want to subtly (key-word SUBTLY) make your reader like you as a person. If you’re a flat-out suck-up, however, that won’t work either. Hence the term, subtly.
Well, I hope these quick tips helped some of you! If you have any other questions or want me to proofread any of your essays, feel free to shoot me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org! Good luck and happy writing!