This personal reflection is often very difficult for students.
“They’ve never been asked to do such deep personal reflection.
Bragging or inflating your role or accomplishments is usually ineffective.
Having someone else help you too much with your essay, or even writing it for you, is not a good idea.
That intimidating college application essay is becoming increasingly important for transfer students.
Nowadays more transfer essays are read and considered in the admission decision because admission as a transfer student implies that you have a major, maybe even a career, in mind and that you have taken coursework, done internships or worked in your major field.
Once at an essay writing seminar, I heard an essay from Stanford that told the story of a bowling trophy and what it meant to this person at a young age.
It was so descriptive and evocative of feeling, values and youthful enthusiasm that to this day I remember it. It doesn't matter if you are pro-life or pro-choice, a Democrat or an Independent, the important thing is to have passion about something and present that in a way that doesn't negate the other side.
These pages will give you some essay writing tips and lead you to other web sites or resources for more help.
The admissions department at UC Berkeley will read about 20,000 application essays and Stanford will read about 16,000.