I am an international student applicant, how do I write an effective college admissions essay?
First, write the essay yourself. US colleges and universities and experienced a rash of "generic" essays during the past few years. To write a strong essay, write clearly about...yourself. When seeking to admit any student, including students from abroad, American universities seek interesting and vibrant applicants. Basically, I want to know, from your essay, if I would want to hang out with you outside of the classroom as well as work with you within one. Discuss your passions, intellectual interests, hobbies, creative abilities, or any other subject that describes more of your own motivations, dreams, or personality. Tell us stories. This is not a research paper, so don't make your essay sound like one! Sometimes, I tell my students to write the essay as a blog or journal entry to their friends; then clean it up to make it something adults will want to read, too! Have fun and enjoy!