Writing A College Essay…
English IV – SHS
What Is The Purpose of The College Essay?
To assess your ability to write at the college level
To assess your ability to write clear, cogent sentences and paragraphs
To judge your mastery of the English language…at the college level
To assess your narrative writing ability
Helpful Tips For Writing The Essay
Start Early – Give yourself plenty of time to work through several
Answer the “Call of the Question” – What is being asked?
Be yourself…use comfortable, natural language. Attempts to
“fancify” your language will often be transparent
Choose a subject that will allow you to express a true PASSION!
Connect your essay to the college to which you are applying
Write, rewrite, rewrite…polish and rewrite again.
Get a second opinion
Proofread carefully…this is a must!
Develop a properly structured essay: compelling intro/thesis, well-
organized body, and a natural, flowing conclusion
Take your essay seriously
Avoid the following:
Cynicism and negativity: stay positive
Breaking the rules (length, subject, etc.) that the essay requires
Letting others – even those with best interests – get so involved that
they are writing the essay for you
Overly relying on spellcheck and auto-thesaurus buttons (e.g. having a
good time, wish you were her…)