In order to make sure you have plenty of time to brainstorm, write, and edit your essay (or essays), I recommend starting at least two months before your first deadline.
- One of the biggest mistakes that students make on their application essays is to sort of make an embellished resume. We've already seen what you've done, what you're interested in.
Don't use the very few words you have to tell us about yourself, only to talk about what you do.
It gets trickier if you're applying to any schools that aren't on the Common App.
You'll need to look up the essay requirements for each college—what's required should be clear on the application itself, or you can look under the "how to apply" section of the school's website.