You accomplish this self-branding by choosing a creative topic (or a creative twist on a common topic), and writing about it with enough detail to burn an image of yourself in the reader’s brain.
When it comes down to you and another similarly qualified candidate, you want an admissions officer to be able to stand up with your application in his/her hand and say, “I like the girl who performed trapeze in the circus,” or “How about the girl who saved her grandfather’s life?
Many students have a tendency to skew generic in the telling of their personal stories.
What makes an essay memorable is often the sum of the little things.
But we're also using that information to kind of see things like, their resilience and their love of learning and their intellectual curiosity.
- I always tell a student, you know, if you had the chance to come meet with the admissions committee and present yourself in person, would you want to do it?
There is a sense of time and place- we can see the setting, smell the herbs.
With a few extra words, sentence two tells us much more about your fishing experience.
- I think the essays that work best are actually quite simple.
I think students get really caught up in thinking that this essay has to emcompass your entire life and it has to be groundbreaking and, you know, publishable quality.