I wrote plenty of essays for classes, the SATs, AP tests, and IB exams.
I could write about almost any subject in an hour or less using a standard 5 paragraph structure.
Since you’re in the throes of college admissions, you might be anxious, nervous, or afraid. Think about how you got to where you are – to this point in your student career, to where you live now, to your personal situation – and see what emotions that brings up. After getting emotional, try becoming detached from your experience.
Different stories or images might come to mind that are associated with what you’re already feeling. Examine yourself from points of view other than your own. You might learn something new about a situation you thought you knew.
You are telling another person something important about you.
This means that you need to A) know what’s important about you, and B) describe it in a way that’s easy to understand and remember.But there’s one subject I didn’t learn how to write about: myself.In Model UN, I’m thankful to have found the experience, help, and inspiration that helped me through the college application process.This lesson applies beyond Model UN – decisions made by admissions committees are outside your control – choosing to apply and putting together the best application you can are the only things within your control.Strive, don’t stress, for success – let success come to you.Around this time of year, high school seniors across the US and around the world are crafting their college application essays and personal statements.They’re sharing their life experiences with people they’ve never met who will make a decision that will impact the rest of their lives.And if you communicate it well, then whoever reads your essay will feel some of that emotion, too.Let’s frame the college application essay and personal statement by boiling them down into their simplest form: a piece of communication.And while writing my essay, I realized that Model UN was a way for me to express myself.College application essays and the personal statement are opportunities to write about meaningful experiences.