Start off with a bang

In writing an admission essay, the first paragraph is one of the most important parts of your essay. It’s a good idea to start with something interesting and dramatic that will hook your reader’s attention—but be careful not to go overboard!

You could also start with a description of someone, place, or thing:

Don’t just retell the story on your resume

The essay should complement the resume. It’s important to give them more insight into who you are. If your resume tells a story about your career so far, the admission essay can tell another story about your personality, interests, and goals for the future.

Don’t just retell the story on your resume. You have room here to add details or talk about something in greater depth—such as an activity that doesn’t appear on paper because it happened outside of work hours or was too informal for inclusion on a résumé (but still made a big impact).

Make it personal

The most effective essays are those that share something personal and meaningful to the author. Don’t be afraid to show a little vulnerability; admissions officers would much rather see that you’re human, even if your essay is on how you overcame adversity in your life than someone who wrote about nothing but their perfect SAT scores.

Don’t be afraid to address a challenging event that has impacted you or changed your perspective on life. It’s hard enough writing about yourself—if possible, it can help to take the focus off of yourself by using examples from other people’s lives as well!

A humorous anecdote may also work for you if done tastefully (and there’s nothing wrong with bringing up something funny). If not, try telling an embarrassing story instead—admissions officers love seeing that students aren’t afraid of failure!

Give good examples to support your ideas

In your essay, you should give good examples to support your ideas. There are many ways to do this:

Try starting with a question

One way to begin your essay is by posing a question. This can be a rhetorical question or one that you want the reader to consider along with you as you write. Either way, it’s an effective way of getting your readers’ attention and helping them understand what’s in store for them in the rest of your paper. It also gives them something to think about while they read through the rest of your essay; when they reach the end, they’ll hopefully have an answer for what it was that drove you to write this piece in particular (and if not, perhaps there’s still time for some last-minute research!).

If you choose this approach, make sure that your questions are relevant and add up logically: don’t just ask every question possible (unless they’re all relevant). The best questions will relate directly back to what you’re trying to say in this paper—and even better yet if those questions have answers that can be found within its pages!

Set it aside for a few days and read it again

You should leave the essay alone for a few days. This will give you some time to distance yourself from the essay and gain perspective on it. When you return to it, only then will you be able to see gaps in logic and problems with word choice or sentence structure. Reading your essay out loud is helpful because it forces you to hear how each sentence sounds as well as being able to detect errors in grammar, spelling, and punctuation (these tend not to be visible while looking at the screen). If possible, get someone else’s opinion of your work—you may find their suggestions helpful since they will be more objective than you are when immersed in writing an admission essay!

Ask someone to take a fresh look at it

Once you have a draft of your essay, it’s time to ask someone else to read it. Ask a friend or family member who will be honest but kind. Ideally, this person should have some writing experience so that they can help you see things from their perspective.

When the person has finished reading your essay, do not expect them to give an immediate response about whether or not the piece is good enough for admission requirements. In fact, don’t even ask how they liked it at all—instead, just ask if there are any problems with the structure or clarity of ideas. Remember: being critical does not mean that someone thinks your work is bad! Your goal here is only to figure out where (and why) things might need improving; if possible, try not even mentioning anything about “good” or “bad.”

Use these tips when writing an admission essay

Writing a college admission essay can be stressful. How do you know if you’re writing the right things? What if your essay sounds boring or bad? What if it’s too long or too short?

This article will provide tips to help you write an admission essay that will impress college admissions officers. You’ll also learn what to do once you’ve finished writing your essay.

Once done with that step, start brainstorming ideas for topics and making notes of them down on paper (or typing them). You might find one topic interesting while another seems less exciting; focus on the ones that interest you most first before moving on to others so they don’t get forgotten about later on down the line when it’s time actually start writing!