I am an international student applicant, how do I write an effective college admissions essay?

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I am an international student applicant, how do I write an effective college admissions essay?

Helen Cella

I am an international student applicant, how do I write an effective college admissions essay?

Tell your story from your heart

Nicholas Umphrey

I am an international student applicant, how do I write an effective college admissions essay?

This is where you have a distinct advantage when applying to colleges in the United States. Most colleges and universities look for diversity on their campus. Any student from any part of the world applying to colleges must approach the essay with one purpose in mind. To show the admissions committee what makes you unique. Tell them in 250-500 words what unique traits you will bring to their student body as a student and as a person. As a student, they have hard data (grades, test scores, recommendations, etc) to size you up. As a person, talk about your hobbies, your passions, and how this could apply to their school.

Ted Skowron
Counselor Brophy College Preparatory

be honest

The goal is writing an effective admission essay is to represent yourself in writing and highlight your interests, talents, drives/ambitions; therefore "be yourself". The essay should tell the reader information about yourself that makes you stand out from the crowd so consider choosing those things that make you unique. Put attention to detail as well, meaning that the essay should be well structured with theme and topic sentences.

Don Tamminga

I am an international student applicant, how do I write an effective college admissions essay?

That is a pretty broad question...write it like you would any essay. Use an outline, have an intorductory paragraph and a concluding paragraph and orgainze your thoughts well before composing.

Mark Gathercole
University Advisor Independent University Advising

Be yourself, not who you think they want you to be.

The guidelines for writing the essay are no different for international students than for anyone else: Be genuine, write from your own experience, and use your own words. An effective essay is one that allows an admissions person to get to know you better. You don't have to write an "important" essay - just one that offers a glimpse of who you are.

Darla Andrews

I am an international student applicant, how do I write an effective college admissions essay?

Write an essay that will portray a "picture" of you and will make you stand out from other applicants. Be sure to have a teacher, preferably an English teacher, proofread the essay before you submit it.

Jean Marie Buckley, M.Ed, MPA, CEP
President Buckley Educational Group, LLC

Composing and ethical and authentic college admission essay

Applying to college and integrating into university life is daunting for any individual. The college essay provides the reader with the context of the application. As an application reader for the University of California at Berkeley, I have had the firsthand knowledge of the power of the essay. The voice of the student, the authenticity of their experiences, the innocence and excitement of the unknown are all facets of a strong essay. The essay must convey a supportive voice for the components of the application and must support the choices a student has made throughout their high school life. Admission decisions are made based on the human element. This human element is conveyed through academic, objective data, activities and then culminating in the writing. The college essay brings life and breath to the application. My advice? Write a tremendous amount, edit and redraft. Great writing comes with time and slowly synthesizing the information.

Shawna Myers
Counselor High School, Portland , OR

I am an international student applicant, how do I write an effective college admissions essay?

When writing a college admission essay, make sure to have someone proofread your essay before turning it in. Be sure to speak clearly, be concise, no spelling or grammatical errors, and be honest.

Susan Karasek
Guidance Counselor Estrella Foothills High School

How do I write an effective college admissions essay?

Writing an effective admissions essay is an important step in the college application process and allows the colleges to get to know you as a student. Websites such as CollegeBoard.org are a free useful resource for students. Make sure to read the prompt to know what the college is wanting to know about you. Stay focused on the question, prove what you have done with details about specific events, and be specific. The colleges can use your essay to determine admissions, honors colleges, and private scholarships. Ask those who know you to proof-read your essay.

Connie Boger

College Admissions Essay

The essays are designed as a way for the admissions committee to get to know your personality apart from your numbers. Just be yourself, write about what you know and make sure someone proofreads it before you submit it.