It's easy to overthink essays for college applications. Students often feel pressure to be clever, to use a highly sophisticated vocabulary, or to present qualities that are truly extraordinary. If you're feeling this pressure, take a deep breath and step back for some perspective. The essay is simply a piece of the application that helps the admissions folks get to know you better. If your essay is well written and is true to you--that is, if it honestly presents your interests and personality--then you have succeeded with your essay.
Since then, I tried to answer most of their questions. This year, I am so swamped with tutoring students, however, that I’m not able to answer all the questions right now. But I have noticed that many cover the same ground—even though the topics range from someone’s world of books, to playing tennis, to making cookies, to an ill family member, etc. So I pulled some of the questions that I thought are more common, along with my answers, in hopes they might answer questions still lingering out there. See below. (more…)