One of the most nerve-wracking times in the life of a teenager is when the time comes to apply to college.It is difficult to decide where to apply to, and no matter how good your grades are, you wonder if you will get into the school you want to attend.
The admission process does not have to be scary, though, with a little preparation, you can set yourself up for success!
When applying for college, one of the most important elements of the application process is the essay question.
Rachel Toor is a creative writing professor at Eastern Washington University in Spokane.
Many of the colleges and universities that accept the Coalition application require you to submit at least one essay as part of your application.
’ ” A girl wrote about her feminist mother’s decision to get breast implants. Jolt them out of their sugar coma and give them something to be excited about.
A car, kimchi, Mom’s upsizing — the writers used these objects as vehicles to get at what they had come to say. REPEATING THE PROMPT Admissions officers know what’s on their applications.
When you write a line like “His hands threw up,” the reader might get a visual image of hands barfing. CLICHÉS THINK YOUR THOUGHTS FOR YOU Here’s one: There is nothing new under the sun. George Orwell’s advice: “Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.”TO BE OR NOT TO BE Get rid of “to be” verbs.
Replace “was” in “The essay was written by a student; it was amazing and delightful” and you’ll get: “The student’s essay amazed and delighted me.” We’ve moved from a static description to a sprightlier one and cut the word count almost in half. Ending on a preposition is the sort of English up with which teachers will not put.
WORD PACKAGES Some phrases — free gift, personal beliefs, final outcome, very unique — come in a package we don’t bother to unpack. RULES TO IGNORE In English class, you may have to follow a list of rules your teacher says are necessary for good grammar: Don’t use contractions. And don’t begin a sentence with a conjunction like “and” or “but” or “because.” Pick up a good book.
You’ll see that the best authors ignore these fussy, fusty rules.