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How	
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College	
  Applica7ons	
  
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  Tips	
  and	
  Adv...
Wri7ng	
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The	
  trick	
  is	
  to	
  focus	
  
what	
  you	
  have	
  to	
  say.	
  
Most	
  supplemental	
  essays	
  required	
  
	
  by	
  colleges	
  are	
  short.	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
Most	...
The	
  University	
  of	
  California	
  changed	
  
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  admissions	
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Sample	
  Prompt	
  for	
  Short	
  Essay:	
  
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  example	
  
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  you	
  can	
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Just	
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  piece	
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  a	
  	
  
moment	
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  experience...	
  
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  illustrates	
  
your	
  main	
  point,	
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This	
  approach	
  works	
  for	
  all	
  essays:	
  
Prompts	
  such	
  as:	
  
	
  
•  Describe	
  your	
  favorite	
  ...
Brainstorm	
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  moment,	
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Use	
  the	
  Rest	
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  Explain	
  the	
  
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  that	
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•  Describe	
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Make	
  Only	
  One	
  Main	
  Point	
  
in	
  Your	
  Short	
  Essay	
  
•  Don’t	
  try	
  to	
  cram	
  in	
  too	
  mu...
Concluding	
  
•  End	
  on	
  a	
  broad	
  note	
  
•  Reflect	
  on	
  how	
  you	
  will	
  apply	
  what	
  you	
  
le...
Go	
  Ahead	
  and	
  Write	
  It	
  Long	
  
Then	
  Go	
  Back	
  and	
  Trim	
  It	
  Under	
  the	
  Word	
  Count	
  
Proof	
  It	
  Closely	
  
and	
  
Make	
  Sure	
  It	
  Answers	
  the	
  Prompt	
  
Congratula7ons!	
  
You	
  now	
  know	
  the	
  Big	
  Secret	
  
to	
  wriSng	
  effecSve	
  short	
  essays:	
  
Start	
...
For	
  More	
  Wri7ng	
  	
  
Tips	
  and	
  Advice	
  
on	
  College	
  Applica7on	
  Essays	
  
	
  
Click	
  Below	
  t...
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How to Write a Short Essay for a College Application

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Learn the secret to crafting effective short essays for supplements and prompts required by universities and colleges, including The Common Application and University of California.

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How to Write a Short Essay for a College Application

  1. 1. How  to  Write  a  Short  Essay   for     College  Applica7ons   Essay  Hell’s  Tips  and  Advice  for  Cra6ing  Essays  Under  400  words  
  2. 2. Wri7ng  Something   Short   Can  Be  Harder   Than  Wri7ng   Something   Long.  
  3. 3. The  trick  is  to  focus   what  you  have  to  say.  
  4. 4. Most  supplemental  essays  required    by  colleges  are  short.               Most  are  between  50  and  400  words:  about  one  or  two  paragraphs  
  5. 5. The  University  of  California  changed   its  required  admissions  essays   to  four,  short  essays    (each  less  than  350  words)  
  6. 6. Read  the  prompt  (the  ques7on)  closely.                 Prompts  tell  you  exactly  what  they    want  to  learn  in  your  essay.   O6en,  it’s  more  than  one  thing.  
  7. 7. Start  your  essay  with  a  specific  example   of  the  main  point  you  want   to  make  in  your  essay.  
  8. 8. Don’t  start  with  a  sweeping,     open-­‐ended,  broad    general  statement.  
  9. 9. Sample  Prompt  for  Short  Essay:   Tell  about  a  talent  you  have.   Do  this:  In  the  middle  of  Shubert’s  Concerto  No.  4,  I   glanced  out  at  the  audience  and  saw  their  concern   that  I  might  miss  a  note.  I  took  a  deep  breath,   spread  my  fingers  over  the  keys  and  dove  back  into   the  piece  with  renewed  intensity.       Not  this:  I  have  always  loved  playing  the  piano  and   seemed  to  have  a  gi6  for  it  at  an  early  age.  My   favorite  part  is  playing  recitals  and  I  have  won  many   awards  for  my  performances.  
  10. 10. It’s  best  to  start  with  a  specific  example   of  your  point  so  you  can  “show”  the  reader   instead  of  just  “tell”  the  reader.  
  11. 11. Just  SHOW  one  piece  of  a     moment  or  experience...  
  12. 12. …  instead  of    TELLING  everything  about  it  at  once.  
  13. 13. AYer  star7ng  with  one  specific   example  or  “7me”  that  illustrates   your  main  point,  then  go  on  to   explain  what  it  meant  to  you.  
  14. 14. This  approach  works  for  all  essays:   Prompts  such  as:     •  Describe  your  favorite  subject.   •  Tell  us  why  you  are  a  fit  for  our  school.   •  What  is  the  one  thing  that  sets  you  apart  from  other  candidates?   •  Write  about  your  greatest  passion.   •  Share  a  7me  that  you  faced  a  problem.   •  Talk  about  one  of  your  extra-­‐curricular  ac7vi7es  or  interests.  
  15. 15. Brainstorm  Your  Ideas  First  
  16. 16. Then  Narrow  Them  Down   By  Picking  One  Specific  Example   Describe  the  moment,  incident,   experience  or  “Sme”    in  a  couple  sentences.  
  17. 17. The  Example  Will  Be    Your  Introduc7on  
  18. 18. Use  the  Rest  of  Your  Essay   to  Explain  the   Meaning  of  that  Example   •  Describe  the  broader  context  or  background   •  Explain  how  you  felt  and  what  you  did   •  Directly  answer  the  quesSon  in  the  prompt   •  Include  something  you  learned   •  Share  why  you  believe  it  maVered  or  had  value    
  19. 19. Make  Only  One  Main  Point   in  Your  Short  Essay   •  Don’t  try  to  cram  in  too  much  informaSon   •  Only  include  ideas  that  support  the  one  point   •  Trust  that  one  point  answers  the  quesSon  
  20. 20. Concluding   •  End  on  a  broad  note   •  Reflect  on  how  you  will  apply  what  you   learned  to  your  future  goals   •  You  don’t  need  a  formal  summary  paragraph   •  Go  out  posiSve  and  forward-­‐looking  
  21. 21. Go  Ahead  and  Write  It  Long   Then  Go  Back  and  Trim  It  Under  the  Word  Count  
  22. 22. Proof  It  Closely   and   Make  Sure  It  Answers  the  Prompt  
  23. 23. Congratula7ons!   You  now  know  the  Big  Secret   to  wriSng  effecSve  short  essays:   Start  with  a  Specific  Example  of  your  main  point!   GOOD  LUCK!  
  24. 24. For  More  Wri7ng     Tips  and  Advice   on  College  Applica7on  Essays     Click  Below  to  Visit:     www.EssayHell.com      

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