This is another step that can initially seem completely skippable, but organizing your writing can save you considerable stress and frustration. When selecting anecdotes for your essay, pick vivid ones that you can tell succinctly.
A good writing plan can streamline or even eliminate the need to do any significant rewrites. Create a rough outline, including approximately how long each paragraph needs to be in order to complete the essay within the word count limits. If a story would require 450 words of a 600 word essay, then you’re not going to have a lot of space to express self-reflection and analysis of the situation.
Writing concisely expresses to the admissions officers that can organize your thoughts and that you respect their time.
The vast majority of the sentences in your essay should be compound, complex, or a combination of both (compound-complex sentences).
However, I was focused not with learning itself, but with good grades and high test scores.
I started to believe that academic perfection would be the only way to redeem myself in her eyes--to make up for what I had not done as a granddaughter.
As we work on things, we become blind to mistakes that will be glaringly apparent to others.
However, limit the number of people you ask to two or three.
They had wanted to protect me--only six years old at the time--from the complex and morose concept of death.
However, when the end inevitably arrived, I wasn’t trying to comprehend what dying was; I was trying to understand how I had been able to abandon my sick grandmother in favor of playing with friends and watching TV.