College Essay Examples

A successful essay makes a bold statement about who you are.

It creates the voice that narrates your application to the reader. Write something thoughtful, and your accomplishments will reflect your contemplative demeanor. Fill your story with passion, and your extracurricular interests will glow with energy. All the social conventions that apply to real life apply here.

Be likable. Be engaging. And tell a good story.

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In this section, we’ve included various college essays to help inspire you, whether you are at stage 1, 2, or 3 as listed below. After you read each essay, think about the impression it makes on you, and then read an assessment from the admission officer’s point-of-view.

You will find that all our examples follow a common theme – they are casual, personal, and make connections to the reader. In The Simple Secret, we explain why this approach works.

Step outside of the classroom and set your imagination free. Be thoughtful, creative, and have some fun.

I’ve looked through the essays. Where to next?

 

1. If you are at the brainstorming stage, see To Greener Pastures to find your best topic.

2. If you have a topic you like and are ready to create a compelling story, take The Disney Approach. Here, you will learn what it takes to build up a good idea into a great narrative.

3. If you’ve already written something you are happy with, make your way to The Power of Forgetting. Here, you will redefine what it means to edit. Peer review – even in the company of smart and dedicated friends – is inconsistent for college applications. It’s essential that you become a capable editor to yourself. Part of that is having the right attitude, and part of that is picking up the skills of the trade. Find answers to both of them here.

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