College Application Missteps
You’ve selected the college or grad school that will catapult you in the direction of a stellar career. You’re zipping through your mental file cabinet of choice experiences that have transformed your life. And now you’re about to compose a masterful essay to share these experiences with the all-powerful admissions committee. Of course, you know exactly what to do during writing process because you’ve absorbed every applications tip in the known universe. But did you know there’s also a ‘not-to-do’ list when it comes to composing your masterpiece? Many candidates don’t. As a result, they drain the energy from their efforts with the common college application missteps.
But you won’t. Because you’ll be avoiding the major pitfalls, which are lovingly presented in the following College Application ‘Don’t List.’
Severe Stuffing. Subject stuffing is a common misstep for application essayists. You know, writing about every topic under the sun — and then some. Just because the college invites you to choose from a wide range of subjects doesn’t mean cover them all. It’s imperative to be selective in your choice of content. So absolutely stick to what’re relevant to the essay question. Remember, there’s only limited amount of storage space for your golden words. Each one must count huge.
Sputtering Out. On the other end of the spectrum are essays that don’t cover enough territory. Often, applicants will cite a particular experience relevant to a question. But they’ll fail to mention why the life-changing event was so incredibly important. Avoid sputtering out by spotlighting the important whys, as well as the whats.
Trumpet Blasting. Naturally, you want to knock the socks off the admissions committee. But don’t pour it on with exaggerated accounts of your heroic volunteer work and service to humanity. These downpours likely will ring false in the eyes of decision makers. Save the trumpet blasting for the college jazz ensemble. Far more impressive and eye-catching are heartfelt thoughts and unassailable sincerity.
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