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Essay Development

  • Your college essay is about you. Don’t get trapped telling someone else’s story, e.g. your grandmother who raised you.

  • If it’s boring to write, then it’s boring to read.

  • Tell a story about yourself, rather than list your qualities or experiences.

  • Show, don’t tell.

  • Think about some events in your life where you experienced change or growth.

  • Hook the reader from the onset by establishing the event or experience using imagery.

  • Add details and language use to keep the reader’s attention and help drive the story: imagery, similes, metaphors, onomatopoeias, alliteration, and hyperboles.

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