College Essay

Steps to Write Your College Essay

Respond to the prompt concisely. Remember to show; don't tell. Use examples. NO 2nd person...this is your college essay, use I. The admission offices are trying to determine if you are a good fit for their schools and if you have writing skills. Show off your talents! ­čśŐ

Choosing a topic

I recommend you use a prompt from the college to which you will likely apply. Check your dream school's website for the essay topic.

If you are unsure, use one prompt from the 2022-23 Common App.

Thinking about it

After visiting the application, think about which prompt fits your style...JUST Think!


Ask yourself dozens of questions about the prompt. Talk out loud, think out loud...pen in hand.

Brainstorming isn't just a one time deal. Consider all you need to do with the essay.

Picking your best idea

Craft your thesis. Build one clear concise sentence that will set the focus for your essay.


Create an outline that you will use. Include the essential points you will make with specific examples you might use.

Creating an intro

Time to start writing...Put lots of time into that introduction. Remember first impressions count...Get the admissions committee to want to read your essay! Click on the picture, if you need help ´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐writing the intro´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐.

Writing Sloppy Copy

Just write it!


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Putting it away & Playing

Give yourself a break!

Take a break.

Go back to it with a fresh outlook.


Now it is time to detail. Remember rhetorical elements. 5-10-20 formula, imagery, get rid of all forms of BE, standard formal English is a must! No you's nor contractions! No need for "I think" or "I believe."


Follow the checklist and revise your essay for Draft 3.


USE MLA formatting

Submit in Google Classroom.


Getting Feedback

What are you going to do with it?

Fix your errors. Edit again based on feedback.

It's ready to add to your college admissions application.