Monday, July 23, 2012

Writing Application College Essay

Applying to college is always every young man’s dream - ceteris paribus the young man has the ability to think straight and set goals in life. To get to college, especially the college of choice requires a special input from the student-to-be. There are number of ways in which the youth can interact with the college before he is formally accepted as a student in the institution, and as a matter of fact he needs to give his all in all those encounters. He could interact with the college administrators through an interview, curriculum vitae or an application essay among other avenues. As much as the CV and interview are equally important, the place of insistence should actually be the application essay.
            This is because this is the place where the student can really say who he is and show the college administrators why he needs to be in the institution and why it will be the biggest error in history if he is not admitted there because of what the college would miss. Of course the words used should be different, but the fact remains that the student needs to make his presence felt in the 700 or so words he will be given to write in. While writing the essay, care should be taken that the essay isn’t converted into a list of achievements. As much as naming a few doesn’t break a bone, it is wrong to list all of them. It makes the student appear creepy and proud in a way.
            The essay should also reveal your personality and how sensitive you are to your community. College administrators love this because it shows that you are an all rounded individual. A touch of humor amidst all the seriousness employed in your essay is also not a bad idea as it casts you as a likeable person. Finally, your essay needs to be free from the common and indeed basic errors of punctuation and spelling. This is also paramount as it reveals that you really mean what you say and that you took your time to write the essay-which should be the case anyway.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Structure of an essay

          An essay has a simple structure that can be followed easily. Any essay consists of an introduction, body and conclusion. Each of these contents of the structure carries their own function.
  •             Introduction
            This is a very important part of the essay. It lures the reader into reading on to the rest of the content. This part therefore requires being interesting and witty. Here one should explain the topic of discussion. Complex vocabularies in the topic should also be explained. It is in this part that the reader is directed on what you will be writing about. This is by pointing out the topic or area that the essay will be addressing. A thesis statement can also feature in the introduction.
  •             Body
            The body is made of paragraphs. The number of paragraphs is determined by the length of the essay. Each paragraph should start with a topic sentence. The rest of the paragraph is meant to support the topic sentence. This is by explaining the evidence from research done on the topic sentence. The sentences however require to be connected. This is done by linking words such as: in light of this, hence, therefore.
  •              Conclusion
            The conclusion is the parting shot of the essay. The conclusion should not be very long. However, it requires having a summary of the issues. If there was a question that required an answer in the topic, it should be answered at this point. A general conclusion of your argument can also appear in the conclusion.