For many students, the college application essay is a dreaded experience. While it’s important to write good essays, don’t let the idea that it’s a college application essay cripple the skills you’ve developed. You can do this!

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Essay Writing Tips

Here are some tips that may help you:

  • Write a list of ideas without trying to create full sentences.
  • Organize the best of the ideas into a logical order.
  • Expand the ideas into complete sentences.
  • Keep it brief — most essays should be around 400-500 words.
  • Don’t try to be someone you’re not. Write in your own personal style.
  • Be controversial without being offensive or using inappropriate slang, text-speak or age-based humor.
  • Write the first draft without worrying about vocabulary.

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