Essay Trend #2: Focus on storytelling more than ever. With limited resume-boosters – like community service, clubs, or even athletics - admissions counselors are left with less in getting a sense of a student’s character. The essay becomes one of the few vehicles which enable the candidate to connect on a more personal level. Students should aim to focus on a story or personal anecdote that is not only meaningful to them, but can be meaningful – and pull at the heart-strings – to the reader. Students who really pull back the curtain on who they are, showing personality and character, will allow the admissions team great insight into their core, and how they’d fit in the school community.
Essay Trend #3: Focus forward. Students should not just repeat and recycle what is already showcases on their transcripts and in the other parts of the application (like the activities list). Inform the school of not just what you’re looking for in a school but let them know of your goals and dreams and how college will be the vehicle to get them to where they want to be. In addition, you’ll certainly be adding to the campus, community, and atmosphere, so depict how you’ll do that! How will you be as a roommate, classmate, teammate, friend, and citizen? Be authentic, real, and explain how you will leave your mark on the college in the years to come.
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