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I've learnt a lot after reading threads discussing about how to avoid cliches and how to add more details to make your essay stand out more. The only thing that I am not confident about is to summarize an essay.
Let's say the topic is "talking about an experience and how does that relate to you". To tell a story is actually easier than to summerize it for me. I've read a lot of essays, including college application essays from Harvard, but the samples' summaries all seem just too"typical", something like
【STORY + To follow the truth is a difficult path. It required determination and courage. I learned something that night. It's a lesson that will stay with me my whole life....blah blah blah blah】 This kind of summary is just too common and it seems to make the essay look ordinary even if you tell the story very well. Does it really matter if the story is well written?
Any ideas, you guys? Is the "STORY + STUFF YOU LEARNED" ideal way to write an essay like this? I am an international student who've just been in North America for two years so I need your guidance =( My first language is not even English...