“The key is to inspire using a personal story that captures this quality.” Papszycki believes that transformational experiences are great topics.
“For example, did you overcome extreme shyness by shining in the school musical production?
“When you proofread, you should check for grammar and sentence structure; when someone else proofreads, they will be looking for clarity in the essay; when you read it out loud, you’ll catch errors or even entire missing words like ‘a’ or ‘and’ that you didn’t catch when you read it in your head.” Use humor judiciously.
“It’s fine to use wit and imagination, but don't try to be humorous if that's not your personality,” Papszycki advises.
“So many essays start off well, the second and third paragraphs are solid, and then they just end,” laments De Cario.
“You need to explain why you told me all the things you wrote about earlier in the essay; relate it to yourself and the essay question.” Revise early and often. Papszycki says the essay will need to undergo several revisions – and not just to catch grammatical errors.
Creativity is also a good tool to employ when writing the essay.
Merrilyn Dunlap, interim director of Admissions at Clarion University of Pennsylvania, tells Thought Co, “I still remember reading an essay about why the orange flavored tic tac is the best tic tac to eat.” In addition, Dunlap says she likes to see essays on why a student chose a particular field of study because these types of essays tend to bring out the student’s emotions.
“When they write about something that they are passionate about, it is in their favor; they become real to us.” So, what types of topics should be avoided?
Schiller cautions against any subject that could portray the student negatively.