The time is now to start to write college essays! School is letting out. Your exams are finishing. But just because the sun is out and the ocean’s warm, that doesn’t mean you should be out on the beach enjoying yourself. Sure, you can do that a little. We support that. Enjoy your summers — when you join the workforce, they may well disappear. But still, you’ve got to start to write your college essays now. You don’t want to wait until the end of summer or, worse, the beginning of fall. That’s when you’ll be starting school again. Do you really want to be writing your essays while doing your coursework, while studying for exams? We don’t think so.
Start brainstorming now. You don’t have to start writing immediately. But start thinking about what you want to write about. Start thinking about what makes you who you are, what makes you distinctive in a sea of thousands and thousands. What is your unique point of view, your unique perspective on life that you can bring to a highly selective college? What do you love to do? What do you aspire to do? These are questions you should start asking yourself as you think about your essays.
And then, think smaller. Often, the best essays are about the smallest of things. It could be about a rubber-band ball. It could be about a book or a dream. It could be about a car ride or a tradition you share with your family. Whatever stories you choose to tell in your college essays, make sure that it’s interesting. Make sure that it’s not trite. Don’t write about sports if you can avoid it. Don’t write about playing the violin if you can think of something else to write about. Write something that will be refreshing for college admissions counselors to read. Write something that they’ll remember and will make them think — now this kid is special, this kid is someone I want to admit.
The time has come. The time is now. Get thinking. Get writing. Your college essays aren’t going to write themselves!