From there, get out a piece of paper and start brainstorming ideas for each. Put down anything you can think of that might work as an essay.
The more ideas, the better, as you often find your best ideas only after getting the obvious ones out of the way.
Just take a blank document or sheet of paper, set a timer for 10-15 minutes, and start writing.
The point of this exercise is twofold: These are all jumping off points for the essay.
This stuff matters…but it doesn’t make you special.
This is especially important to note if you’re aiming to attend a very competitive school – everyone applying is going to have a high GPA, a laundry list of advanced classes, and will have been president of every student organization since the dawn of mankind. So treat a college application essay as a tool for standing out in ways the robots can’t.
As a college with a long tradition of emphasizing writing and speaking as cornerstone values, we like to say that students come to Hamilton to find their voice.
In our admission process, we seek students who embody that aspiration and demonstrate that potential in their application essays.
It’s a lot like the cover letter you write when applying for a job – it’s your chance to reveal the person behind the accomplishments and statistics.
Even if you’re only applying to a couple schools that you know you can get into, it will still serve you well to write a compelling admissions essay.