By: Anushka Thakker
Seniors, it’s that time of year again. College applications are open and underway. Don’t stress just yet, as you still have plenty of time to push out those rough drafts and begin the search for your perfect college.
Whether you’re applying to a private institution, UC, Cal State, or out-of-state college, most college applications require at least one teacher letter of recommendation, a personal statement or essay, supplemental written responses, and official transcripts, and SAT/ACT scores. Make sure to begin early as to avoid cramming in essays and trying to submit your portions at the very end.
If you have already begun your process and are seeming to have trouble with your personal essay, no worries! Lots of students find this the most difficult aspect of the college admissions process. Most college admissions officers recommend that you write about something that's important to you. This is to show who you really are. Another good tip is to start early and write several drafts. This way, you can read it over in different voices each time. It is a good idea to read your essays through the eyes of an admissions counselor, as they will not always think the same way you do. Finally, have at least one other person edit your essay. A teacher or college counselor is your best resource. And before you send it off, check, check again, and then triple check to make sure your essay is free of spelling or grammar errors. It is always better to be safe than sorry.
“I started the college applications process in the summer and wrote a few essays. I recently revisited those essays and realized that they weren’t a true indication of who I am, so I’m in the middle of revising them. I think it’s very important that people make drafts and constantly edit their essays, because it’s very unlikely that you have a perfect essay the very first time you write it,” said senior Aidan Ching.