When I read college application essays as a faculty advisor to the admissions committee at Douglass College, Rutgers in the 1990s, the great essays were few and far between, but I remember them to this day. They were authentic, well-crafted and, just as critically, avoided the following 10 traps:
1. Never rehash your academic and extracurricular accomplishments.
Your school work and out-of-school work already show up in your transcript, lists of awards, and activities. Essays provide another dimension to your application. Who you will be as a classmate? As a roommate? As the leader of a campus activity?Read More