Preparing for College

How can I write a convincing admissions essay?

Question: How can I write a convincing college application essay?

You may not have to write one. Quite a few college applications either require no essay or they make it optional.


However, if you are working on an application that is asking you for an essay (sometimes called a personal statement) or you anticipate that you'll have to deal with one later, there are some basics you should keep in mind.

First of all, most essay topics are so broad and unrestrictive that you can work almost any kind of information into them. This fact works in your favor when you're dealing with several applications requiring essays. Once you have written a good one, you can--in most cases--adapt it to fit other essay questions.

Let me give you a tip on a book that will set you straight on writing application essays. Go to the library and find Harry Bauld's