by Brent Benner Director of Enrollment Management University of Tampa People often ask me about the value of the application essay. ” I assure you, at my university and in admissions offices across the country, we do.
Whether or not it was intentional, this student started his essay in a way that certainly caught the attention of the admissions committee, and that’s what your first sentences absolutely need to do.
While it is important to talk yourself up as the awesome student you truly are, you still have to remember that the application essay is not a résumé.
Your clubs, organizations, sports, community service, and other accomplishments reflect years of participation and dedication to fields outside the classroom. Let’s get started It’s time to pick your essay topic. But, after reading these enthralling stories about other people, I still know absolutely nothing about the student who wrote the essay. For example, “Indicate a person who has had a significant influence on you ...” is the essay topic where I hear an awful lot about Grandma, and the “topic of your choice” prompt can go from interesting to ridiculous pretty quickly.
Even your good old SAT or ACT scores reflect the accumulation of vocabulary, mathematics, and reading comprehension talents acquired throughout your life. That being said, remember to choose an essay topic that helps keep the focus on you but is still flexible enough for you to incorporate your personality, your history, your individuality, and your impact on those around you.
Don’t rely on spell check alone to catch all of your mistakes, either.
We had one applicant that said, “I speak tree languages.” (Really? ) As you can see, sometimes things are spelled correctly but just don’t make sense in the context of your application essay.
This way, we are able to fully grasp why these particular characteristics, out of the many you could have selected, are so important to you and who you are as an individual.
Besides, that other essay would go on forever, and, as I mentioned, we read thousands of these things each year.
A great conclusion can be more powerful than anything featured on your transcript because it can set you apart from everyone else.
The impression you leave in the final sentences of your essay will remain with your reader.