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What will make me stand out from the rest?

jmeZnarjmeZnar Registered User Posts: 18 Junior Member
So, I know that I have to write the famous college essays soon and I have a platform and plenty of topics I like but honestly some I don’t feel are good enough. What will really make me stand out from the rest of the group applying to the same college as me?

Replies to: What will make me stand out from the rest?

  • GnocchiBGnocchiB Registered User Posts: 2,165 Senior Member
    Being yourself!
  • whidbeyite2002whidbeyite2002 Registered User Posts: 137 Junior Member
    ^^Exactly! That’s what I told my daughter. And it worked. :)
  • BellaMorganBellaMorgan Registered User Posts: 55 Junior Member
    Be true to yourself that will make you stand out among the rest.
  • KnowsstuffKnowsstuff Registered User Posts: 2,948 Senior Member
    Be interesting, unique and personal. That is the magic formula.
  • ThinkOnThinkOn Registered User Posts: 525 Member
    For my sons's essay, his voice totally comes across the page and only he could have written it (in style and substance). It's not some magical great piece of literary work or even good writing for that matter, just a small window on how he looks at things, what he thinks is important and some of what he experienced, taking the reader on a short journey through his thought process. For my daughter, total soul searching type essay on what interests her.

    The only standing out is to think deeply about who you are and have that come across in your essay. Good luck!
  • lookingforwardlookingforward Registered User Posts: 31,967 Senior Member
    edited May 14
    Unfortunately, it's being the "you" that they want. Not any old slice.
  • jmeZnarjmeZnar Registered User Posts: 18 Junior Member
    Thank you all for the info
  • bopperbopper Forum Champion CWRU Posts: 13,714 Forum Champion
    Google "Hacking the College Essay 2017" and read it.

    Write the Essay No One Else Could Write
    "It boils down to this: the essay that gets you in is the essay that no other applicant could write.
    Is this a trick? The rest of this guide gives you the best strategies to accomplish this single
    most important thing: write the essay no one else could write.
    If someone reading your essay gets the feeling some other applicant could have written it,
    then you’re in trouble.
    Why is this so important? Because most essays sound like they could have been written by
    anyone. Remember that most essays fail to do what they should: replace numbers (SAT/GPA) with the real you.
    Put yourself in the shoes of an admissions officer. She’s got limited time and a stack of
    applications. Each application is mostly numbers and other stuff that looks the same. Then she picks
    up your essay. Sixty seconds later, what is her impression of you? Will she know something specifically
    about you? Or will you still be indistinguishable from the hundreds of other applicants she has been
    reading about?"
  • intparentintparent Registered User Posts: 36,734 Senior Member
    Did you read the tips pinned at the top of this forum?
  • Spyder13Spyder13 Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    One possible way to showcase your personality as discussed above is the slice of life essay- you don't need to pick a momentous occasion, just anything you can convey your personal qualities through.
  • TheSATTeacherTheSATTeacher Registered User Posts: 144 Junior Member
    Show that you are thoughtful, interested, and self-aware and you should be good.
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