How to Make Your College Application Essay the Best Writing You’ve Ever Done (#12 0f 25)

Here’s another of my twenty five ways to make your college application essay the best writing you’ve ever done.

#12. Include Personal Details and Specifics

Of course, this is a basic of good writing but it does bear repeating here. When writing your application essays, don’t speak in generalities. Make your descriptions – whether they be of people, places, events, or emotions – pin point specific. Along this same line, don’t use the universal “you,” i.e., “You don’t want to go swimming in a creek with snapping turtles.” Instead, always describe things from your particular point of view, i.e., “There was no way I was jumping in that creek. I have ten toes and I love every one of them.”

Specifics and details will enrich your writing while at the same time offering the reader insight into your personality and perspective on life. Colleges use the essay to learn about you as a person and they can only do so when you keep it personal.

For more personal help with the Common Application essay, supplemental or any other college application essays, please contact Craig Heller at, or 818-340-1276.

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