So you’re ready to apply for college admission and need to write a good college essay for your application. It’s not so difficult to write for college is you’ll follow these simple steps. It all starts with proper planning. Don’t just think you’re going to sit down and start writing and you’ll end up with a great college essay in half an hour. Certainly there are some students who can do that but that’s not the norm.
As a general rule, you should start with the short answer questions on the college admission application before moving on to the more challenging college essay. Most college applicants find it a good exercise to skim the questions and then write out the answer on a scratch piece of paper before transferring the answer to you application.
This is a good idea for several reasons. First, if you make a mistake you can just start over on another scratch piece of paper. Secondly, once you start writing your creative juices will likely start flowing and you may come up with a better idea half way through. And finally, until you’ve written your entire answer you won’t know exactly how much space you need. You don’t want to end up with a messy application where you didn’t fit the entire answer into the space provided and have to draw arrows to the rest of your answer.
Once you’ve finished the answers to the short answer section of the college application, it’s time to transfer your answers to your college application. Should you type your answers or write them out by hand? There is no right or wrong answer. You should do what works best for you. If you have nearly illegible handwriting it would be best to type out the answers to make it easier for the college admissions officers to read. But if you have good handwriting that may make your college application stand out from the rest so just do what you think is best under the circumstances.
If you’re a good typist and have easy access to a typewriter it might be a good idea to type out your answers but not if you’re mistake prone. You don’t want an unprofessional looking application full of cross-outs and white out. That won’t impress the college admissions committee. Some students like to combine handwriting and typing. They will handwrite their short answers in the space provided and then they will type out their essay. That’s fine too. The most important thing is that your answers are legible no matter is you choose to handwrite or type your answers.
The final step is to make copies of your college application before sending it to the college admissions office. Don’t forget this important step. Things do get lost in the mail and it would be a terrible day if the admissions office notifies you that they have not received your application and you don’t have a copy to send them. Then it would be back to the drawing board and who wants to write for college more than once?