Writing Your Essay: Practical Advice

珍妮特Huseby開始讀大學論文二十年前. 自那以後, 她從伯克利申請上大學的高同學閱讀成千上萬的論文和個人陳述. 下面是寫你的大學論文她的秘訣:

加州大學的申請是由於在十一月底. 常規錄取截止日期為民辦高校的範圍從十二月 15 二月 15. 早期應用私立院校通常是由於十月一段時間. 獎學金往往是由於更早. 在UC應用程序請求四篇文章, 以限制為最多的每個響應 350 話; 通用應用程序想得到一輛作文是的 250 和 650 字和一個小論文 150 話; 大部分民辦高校還要求補充文章; 私立學校想知道“為什麼”你申請; 一些獎學金要求甚至更多的個人信息. Are you confused yet? Don’t worry. You can write two or three essays and then ADAPT. Be smart.

The following timeline should cover all types of students while ensuring efficiency.

1. 高級信息. One of the keys to efficient essay writing is doing a good job on your BHS Senior Profile. Not only does the Profile provide information to your counselor and teacher for recommendation, the Profile is a working document that will serve as an outline for all of your essays and applications. Take time to go over it several times. Do NOT fill it in at the last minute. The profile does not have to be perfectly written but it should contain all the information you will need for your applications and essays.

2. The “Why” essay.
This is a short essay required by most private colleges. Why do you want to attend their school? They do NOT want you to go to their website and cut and paste. They know their campus is beautiful, their goal is to be diverse, their departments are excellent, their location ideal. They WOULD like to know what you will bring to their school. Think really hard before you respond. Why, exactly ARE you applying? For example: “Tulane intrigues me because it offers Portuguese and I would like to study public health in Brazil…” “ Whitman’s small town setting means a lot to me as I am interested in the history of the old west…” or “Occidental’s film department is what attracts me. I have studied film making all four years at BHS…” A lot of kids dash this essay off at the end of their essay season and then just substitute one college name for another in the same essay. Colleges know when they have received such a slap-dash essay. Think of this short essay as one last opportunity to tell them a little more about yourself.

3. USE the college essay readers.
Starting the second or third week of school the College and Career Center has college essay “readers.” These readers are professional writers or college counselors who volunteer to work with BHS students. Most of the readers have been working with students for many years. Take advantage of the readers.
• Their schedules will be available at the CCC desk in early September. They are on site before school, 在午餐, and after school most days.
• The schedule includes the essay readers’ email. Once you start working with a reader, it is helpful to email your current draft BEFORE meeting up again in the college center. Of course, ask the reader if that is what they would like.
• If you are comfortable with your reader don’t go shopping for other opinions. Stick to one or two people (a teacher, a parent, a private counselor and an essay reader). There is no one-way to write an essay. The more people to whom you show your essay; the more opinions you will receive. It is easy to lose your way.
• When you are finished, show your essays to someone who doesn’t know you—such as a different essay reader. Tell them you have worked on the essay and you do not want editing help but a first impression. If the essays work, this new person will come up with a pleasing list of adjectives to describe you. If you are not happy with these adjectives, well, time for some rewriting.

6. Special Thoughts on the UC essay.
The UC system does not ask for recommendations from counselors or teachers, which can flesh out and substantiate your story. (注意: UC Berkeley sometimes asks for a letter of recommendation if they feel that they need more information after the initial application review). 學生被錄取的高中班級的基礎上,, 測試成績, a short list of extracurricular activities, 和散文. The lack of accompanying recommendations gives these essays a special burden. Unlike Common Application essays, UC essays must do more than give the reader a glimpse, however illuminating, into the your life. 該 4 響應必須面面俱到: challenges overcome, summers, family background, ethnicity, special achievements, and a fleshing out of activities outside the classroom. 認為新聞: who, what, when, where, why. In the end, 有四個問題完成, you should ask: Is this who I am? Is this everything that is important about me? Have I left anything out?

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