College Student Blog

28 May, 2008

Admissions Essays

Posted by: Parker In: Admissions

What Are Admissions Essays?

As the name suggests, admissions essays are one of many criteria that colleges use to accept or deny applicants. blankpaper

Many colleges require a “personal statement” and a “professional statement.”

Personal Statement

The personal admissions essay often includes your interests, hobbies, and non-vocational goals. This often includes experiences and activities such as clubs and community service.

Professional Statement

Professional essays are usually based off the question, “What are your career goals?” or, “Where do you see yourself in 10, 15, or 20 years?” The specific institution will often also ask, “How do you see ___ College fitting into your professional goals?”

Do Admissions Essays Matter?

I am quite torn what it comes to answering this question. I would have to say, yes and no.

If you write complete bogus or use terrible grammar, your admissions essays will hurt you!

However, if you write solid, factual, and grammatically correct essays, I do believe that these essays cannot hurt you. Although I say that they cannot hurt you, I do not necessarily believe they will greatly strengthen your chances of acceptance. Colleges would much rather see a 4.0, 30 ACT with mediocre essays, than a 3.65, 26 ACT and exceptional essays.

Advice & Tips

As one who has undergone the tedious essay writing process, I will throw up a post on the most effective, productive, and influential way to write admissions essays. No, I will NOT be going into exquisite detail on how to write your essay. If you are reading this, you are already quite intelligent and probably have your own writing style.

That said, if anyone would like to send me their essay or like some assistance above and beyond my posts, I would be more than happy to help in any way I can.

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