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We can help you with your essay from initial brainstorm to final proofread and everything in between.

At Signet, we know that a great college essay tells an important, compelling story about you. It’s your chance to show the admissions office who you are in your own, genuine voice. Our writing specialists keep this in mind as they guide you through the entire process. 

You’ll begin by exploring your own values, background, and priorities through interactive brainstorming sessions with your writing coach. We’ll help you pinpoint which topics to expand upon, how to structure your essay, and how to highlight your unique perspective.

Over the course of several drafts, we’ll work with you to revise and perfect your essay until you’ve articulated your best self in a voice that’s true to who you are. 

As members of the  National Association of College Admissions Counselors , we are serious about our ethics and will never write your essay for you. Instead, we’ll partner with you and coach you towards your best work. You will become a better writer, and you’ll end up with an essay that is genuinely yours. 

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An admissions or application essay, sometimes also called a personal statement or a statement of purpose, is an essay or other written statement written by an applicant, often a prospective student applying to some college , university , or graduate school . The application essay is a common part of the university and college admissions process.

Some applications may require one or more essays to be completed, while others make essays optional or supplementary. Essay topics range from very specific to open-ended.

The University of Chicago is known for its unusual essay prompts in its undergraduate admissions application, including “What would you do with a foot-and-a-half-tall jar of mustard “? [1] [2]

The Common Application , used for undergraduate admissions by many American colleges and universities, requires a general admissions essay, in addition to any supplemental admissions essays required by member institutions. The Common Application offers students six admissions essay prompts from which to choose. [3] All of the essays – and even the way you put things in order throughout the application – should be directed towards getting one “big idea”, a personal thesis that will be remembered after the entire package is read. [4] According to Uni in the USA , the Common Application essay is intended as a chance to describe “things that are unique, interesting and informative about yourself”. [5]

The application process for All Souls College, Oxford , has the reputation of being the hardest examination in the world. It consists of several specialist papers and, until 2010, also required candidates to write an essay upon a topic suggested by a single word [6] such as Possessions, which was the topic of successful Fellow , A. L. Rowse .

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  • College admissions in the United States § Essays
  • College application

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  1. ^ Tamar Lewin, ” Earful Over Cheeky University Essay ” (December 31, 2009). New York Times.
  2. ^ ” College Report .” Chicago Journal.
  3. ^ “Tips and Samples for the Common Application Essay Options” . 
  4. ^ Robert LeVine (February 9, 2016). “Myths About “The Essay. Retrieved September 23, 2016. 
  5. ^ “How do I apply? – The Good Schools Guide” . Archived from the original on 2012-11-04. 
  6. ^ Harry Mount (19 May 2010), “All Souls, Oxford should continue to put genius to the test” , The Daily Telegraph  

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        How to Write a College Admissions Essay

        500 words that will help you get into college

        Writing your college admissions essay can definitely be stressful. Between work and school, you may barely be able to stay awake , let alone worry about writing this essay. With so many other qualified candidates applying, this one little essay can often mean the difference between being accepted to the school of your dreams and never moving out of your parents’ basement.

        But don’t let that scare you away from trying! Think of your college admissions essay as an opportunity to stand out from other applicants and really make an impression. With some planning and careful consideration, you can draft a great college admissions essay that will vastly improve your chances of being accepted to the college of your choice.

        1. Don’t write an autobiography

        Make sure to give your essay a solid theme or thesis. Sometimes a college may specify a topic for you, other times they may let you choose your own; either way, make sure your focus is both narrow and personal. Remember you may only have 500 words.

        Pick one story or event in your life to focus on; don’t try to cover everything and don’t ramble. Don’t write a resume or list your accomplishments; this information can be found elsewhere in your application. Your college admissions essay should tell a clear and engaging story, perhaps one about overcoming a difficult time in your life, getting your first pet, or where your love of gardening comes from.

        2. Show your personality

        Try to view the college admissions essay portion of your application as an opportunity to highlight who you are as an individual. This is the time to let your passions and personality really shine through. The application gives the admissions officer facts about you, but the college admissions essay tells him or her who you really are.

        Show the admissions officer you are mature, thoughtful, and responsible. Other qualities he or she will be looking for include empathy, confidence, creativity, persistence, and organization.

        3. Have a great opener

        Be sure to have a great lead to your essay. Consider starting it off with a relevant quote, anecdote, question, or brief story. Grab the reader’s attention and make him or her want to read your college admissions essay, not put it at the bottom of the pile!

        4. Make the admissions officer smile

        Don’t be afraid to add a little humor to your essay—but just a touch! You don’t want the admissions officer thinking you aren’t taking the task seriously. However, a well-placed witticism can lighten an especially deep or personal essay.

        5. Make every word count

        College admissions essays often have a very limited word count , so make the most of every word. Avoid being overly wordy; simple language often conveys your meaning best. Watch out for vague or meaningless sentences and be especially aware of unintended meanings.

        6. Avoid cliches

        Nothing can ruin a great piece of writing like a cliché; it sounds lazy and it can seem as though you’re trying to make up for poor content. Look at any comparisons or analogies and avoid being corny or predictable. You want the person reading your college admissions essay to think you are smart, fresh, and creative; you don’t want the reader rolling his or her eyes at an overused simile.

        7. Show, don’t tell

        Make sure you are being specific. Don’t just say your mission to Guatemala opened your eyes and leave it at that; describe how working with orphaned children really changed your perspective on Western life and why. Use facts, quotations, and examples to tell your story.

        8. Edit

        You can’t just write one draft of your college admissions essay and think it will be ready to send. Start by writing a rough draft. Don’t worry about quality at this stage. After you’ve completed your rough draft, take some time away from it and start again with fresh eyes. When you are editing your admissions essay , don’t look at particulars like spelling and grammar; rather, look at the college admissions essay as a whole. Find your essay’s weaknesses and work on those.

        9. Proofread

        Once satisfied with your revised college admissions essay, it’s time to proofread for clarity, spelling, and grammar. Ask someone else to review your paper. Writers are often unable to see mistakes in their own work, so having someone else check your essay will double your chances of catching any stray errors. Our admissions essay editors will examine your college admissions essay and ensure it is not only free of errors, but that it also makes sense.

        10. Take your time

        Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to write your college admissions essay; don’t expect to write it the night before you need to submit your application. Allow yourself plenty of time to brainstorm ideas, write the initial draft, revise, and edit your application. The earlier you begin, the better your essay will be.

        Perhaps the most important thing to remember is that you can do this. All you need to do is relax and enjoy telling your story!

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