High school seniors seeking early admission have just over 48 hours to submit their college applications (and make sure their teachers have written letters of recommendation – like I’m writing tonight). One make-or-break aspect of the application process is the personal essay. I help students edit plenty of these every year, and it’s nice to know that educational consultant Dave Marcus agrees with me on a couple of points:
There are a lot of mistakes, but I would name three of them: 1) They take way too long to start—they warm up their engines I like to say. 2) They are really vague and we don’t get a sense of who they are. 3) A lot of kids feel they have to boast, they have to impress the admissions office—it’s not that way; it’s wrong.
Listen to an interview with Marcus on NPR’s Here and Now, right here, right now. And write tonight!