In order for your essay to be convincing and make sense, it needs to
be presented inside a well structured piece of writing. How do you do
this within the framework of an essay's general structure of
Conclusion ? Firstly, you need to be clear about
what elements you should include within these three sections of an essay.
The table below outlines these elements.
General statement or orientation to topic
Brief summary of the main topics/arguments/points made in the essay Body paragraphs
Some applicants may ramble on about themselves in a manner that may appear self-indulgent and not very appealing to the committee. Remember, this is an application essay, not an autobiography. Conversely, some applicants tend to say too little, perhaps hesitating to promote themselves too explicitly or not knowing what about themselves would be interesting to people whom they don't know. In such cases, perhaps focusing more on what you want to do than on what you have already done (let your record speak for itself) may help in getting beyond self-inhibition.