Hello from Prompt!
In last week’s newsletter, we helped you select a relevant Common Application prompt. This week, we’re going to help you begin the long process of responding to it!
Writing a college application is like running a political campaign. You’ll need to choose a few unique, interesting aspects of yourself to hammer home on every application you write. These facets form a “campaign platform” for which college admissions officers can “vote.”
You may have noticed that many candidates for the 2016 U.S. elections have entered the race over seven months before the first primary election. They did so because they want to get a leg up on their competitors — follow their example with your own college campaign and you’ll be sure to reap the benefits!
Trust us: you’ll always wish you started sooner!
Like we said, you’ll need to come up with a vision for your campaign before you start it. To help you with this process, check out our Writing Center article on Understanding Yourself. We’ll teach you how to come up with a standout platform that — unlike the loads of lesser ones your admissions officer reads — will be compelling and exciting.
Once you understand yourself, you need to understand your essay’s future readers! It turns out that you don’t need to know much; colleges are only looking for three things in your college application. If you miss one of them, you won’t be off to a good start, so be sure to check out The 3 Things Colleges Actually Look for in Your Application!
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Best of luck with your essay. We’ll have more tips for you next week!
The Prompt Team