What are some do's and don'ts for the admissions essay?
DON'T try to sound "academic" or give the "what they want to hear." DO write what only you can write. DON'T be being. ("I am... I was... I have been...") DO use active, interesting details. DON'T just talk about why the school is a good fit for you. DO talk about what you plan to contribute to the school, and why you are the perfect candidate for it! DON'T tell. DO show. DON'T send it off without having someone else read it first! I read and review essays for a living and my students tell me the insight is invaluable.