“How do I know what I think until I see what I say?” – E.M. Forster
In order for college admission officers to assess aspiring college students, they require an essay that indicates your thought processes, communication skills and personality. So if you plan to enroll in Early Childhood Education or any other course next semester, remember these guidelines that make admission essays stand out:
Tell a Story
Make your essay more interesting by sharing your experience on how you overcame a difficult moment in your life, worked hard to achieve your goal or learned an important lesson from your friend who passed away. Your essay should convey you are mature, sensible and thoughtful. Your character is one of the criteria being considered as it determines whether or not you can finish the program successfully.
Admission officers read piles of essays, so it’s highly recommended that you write yours interestingly. Interesting means that after reading, they should be able to point out your paper as one of the best they’ve received. To make this possible, here are some tips:
- Make your first sentence or paragraph compelling enough for the readers.
- Aside from inserting a story or quote, you can add a little bit of humor as well.
- Use concise and simple sentences. Using highly philosophical, long sentences can be dragging.
- Focus. Don’t stray away from the main topic. Beating around the bush is a waste of time.
Check Your Mechanics
Too many errors in grammar, spelling, punctuation decrease the odds of being accepted into the university. These imply you don’t value quality in submitting output, you have poor written communication skills or you don’t pay attention to details. Before submitting your essay, proofread it to perfection. You can also ask some objective feedback from your friends or professional editors.
For the final and most important tip: Write from the heart. Just be honest, and eloquence will just come naturally.