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.

Woodrow Dunn
Academic Counselor Freedom High School

Effective college admissions essay

1. Allow plenty of time 2. Make yourself appear to be a likeable person. 3. Demonstrate the story within you! 4. Make sure your essay demonstrates some conflict and is actually coming from your life! 5. Proofread it at least three times.

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.

Kristin

Essay for International Students

Write the essay following the prompt and have family members, teachers, or counselors proofread it for you to ensure you're answering the question correctly and that it is written gramatically correct.

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.

Dr. Stabile

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

The college essay is very important and provides you with an opportunity to persuade the admissions officer you are worthy of admission. I recommend the following steps to assist you in writing a persuasive essay. First of all, you must answer the question posed by the university. Be original, and be yourself. Write a strong introduction, and transition to the body of your essay and explain in more detail and make sure the paragraphs are related. Finally, your conclusion should not be a summary since the essay is rather short (usually 500 words), but linking your conclusion to the introduction. Most importantly, be natural in your expression. In the process of reviewing your essay revise and delete what is not related to your main argument.

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.