Common Application Personal Statement
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Looking for examples of past college essays that worked
This is an excellent question. In general, most students write one essay for the Common App to use for all their target schools. My understanding, however, is that you are allowed to write different essays for different schools. (Please confirm that on your own by reading The Common Application instructions. I would so hate to steer you wrong.) Most admissions professional I have talked to say to just write one essay to send to all your schools because it is so much extra work, and that you can get more specific with each school’s supplemental requirements. Most supplemental essays for transfer students will ask about things like why you want to study at their school and/or to describe your major or field of choice. This is where you can talk about specific programs, course, professors, facilities, etc., about that target school. In your main Common App essay for transferring you can still talk about your field of choice, but will need to keep the details generic. I hope this helps and answers your questions. Best, Janine Robinson
Essays That Worked (Class of 2020) | JHU
This is a hard question because an effective college application essays needs to accomplish several goals, and different parts have separate roles. First, the essay must engage the reader at the start, so it’s imperative that the introduction is compelling. Second, the essay must reveal something unique about the writer, so it must have a sharp focus and share something about the writer’s personality. Third, the essay needs to show the writer’s character, so it needs to express their values, how they learn and what they care about. The best way to do all three is to share a personal experience and then explain what it meant to you.
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