Essay Personal Image
If a college asks you to write about why you're excited to go there, admissions officers want to see evidence that you're genuinely interested.
Reusing an essay about another school and swapping out the names is the fastest way to prove you aren't.
Doing so can save you some time and let you focus on a few really great essays rather than a lot of mediocre ones.
However, don't reuse essays for dissimilar or very school-specific prompts, especially "why us" essays.
Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve.
It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma-anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale.
Watch out, though, because some schools have a dedicated "Writing Supplement" section, while others (even those that want a full essay) will put their prompts in the "Questions" section.
I would also recommend starting with a longer personal statement before moving on to shorter supplementary essays, since the 500-700 word essays tend to take quite a bit longer than 100-250 word short responses.
Writing your personal statement for your college application is an undeniably overwhelming project.
Your essay is your big shot to show colleges who you are—it's totally reasonable to get stressed out. This guide will walk you through each step of the essay writing process to help you understand exactly what you need to do to write the best possible personal statement.
This week is known as Paideia after the Greek term signifying "education"—the complete education of mind, body and spirit.
What would you teach that would contribute to the Reed community?