LOOKING BACK ON WRITING MY COLLEGE APPLICATION ESSAYS by Shane Patterson

The following was written by a student I worked with last year. I asked him to try to capture the experience of writing his essays in a way that would give hope to seniors who are currently working on their own. I think he did a wonderful job!

LOOKING BACK ON WRITING MY COLLEGE APPLICATION ESSAYS

by Shane Patterson

With my sophomore year of college right around the corner, college application essays are a thing of the past. However, I will never forget the long, exhausting process. I still remember sitting down for the first time to write one of my numerous college application essays: confused, lost, and desperate for something to write about. The thought of these essays- those 650 words or less- possibly dictating my future was a scary one, and this only made starting the essays that much more difficult. The world I come from? My dreams and aspirations? My favorite personal trait? So many prompts to choose from and so little time to write them; not to mention having to deal with my last-ditch effort to impress the college admissions officers with my AP-loaded class schedule. However, once I let all of the stress go and calmed down, I actually started to enjoy the process. Now that I am looking back, it was most definitely a positive experience, even though it may have felt like a burden at the time. These essays made me recognize my personal accomplishments, my own dreams and aspirations, and exactly what I was looking for in the college of my dreams.

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