The essay is super important, and no, we won’t tell you how to write one. That’s because your essay is a way for you to express yourself in a way that your GPA, resume, test scores and awards never could. It also can be a chance for you to explain something you want the admissions committee to know. Did you miss some school because you were suffering from depression, and it caused your grades to drop? TELL THEM. The college admissions committee is already going to see your drop in grades, so it’s better for them to know about it.
This is a fine line to walk, however. If you have issues that haven’t affected your GPA or test scores, sometimes it’s better not to advertise them in your essay. Talk instead about something that made you grow as a person, or changed how you thought. Finally, if your story doesn’t have a happy ending, you probably shouldn’t tell it. If, for example, you’re struggling with a drug problem and haven’t come out on the other side, writing about the fear and pain that comes with addiction is probably something to stray away from. Make sure you have a friend or parent look over your application for typos and other errors. It always helps to have another pair of eyes!
Got all that? Phew! Well, there’s only one step left.