a dad helping his teen

Writing College Essays That Stand Out

Tuesday , November 17 , 2020

A dad helping his teen

This is the year that your teen, with your guidance, of course, will begin to fill out applications for colleges and universities. Each college essay should be tailored toward the school your teen wants to attend. How will you make your teen make his or her essay stand out from the others?

“Your first paragraph should grab the reader. It is imperative, then, that the introduction to the college essay capture the reader’s attention and make the reader want to read more,” said Mary Harris, PVSchools lead counselor.

It’s All About You

No one likes to brag about themself; however, this is your time to make sure you stand out from the rest of the applicants. Tell the committee about your accomplishments and why they should accept you from thousands of other applicants. You should include some specific examples of obstacles you have had to overcome. It is ok to use humor. Be vulnerable and authentic.

Show Your School Spirit

It’s important to do your homework and learn more about the college or university. Yes, this means you need to customize each essay, and is worth the extra work. Research and use information about your desired post-secondary to your advantage by including it in college essays. Write about the program of study you’re interested in, and why you’d benefit from their professors or a moment that inspired you during a visit to the college.

Have a Proofreader

As a rule of thumb, you should have someone review your essay to ensure that there are no grammatical errors.

Leave Time to Revise

Review application deadlines, and allow yourself enough time to complete it, including the essay.