The college essay is one of the most important parts of a college application. College admissions people want to know about activities your child is interested in outside of the classroom. They also want to see how she is able to describe these activities and why they're important to her. The essay should reveal who your child is, what she has done in her life, what she's passionate about, and what her hopes and aspirations are. Here are just a few topics to consider:
These extracurricular activities are also important opportunities for your child to form relationships with adults who can write letters of recommendation, which is another college application requirement. There are different types of college essays. Some college essays will focus on your child's self-awareness, or what her hopes and aspirations are. Some colleges will primarily look at your child's writing ability. Other schools will ask short questions instead of a full-length essay. Some schools will ask students to send in a writing sample from their schoolwork, so help your child select a paper that received at least a B+. A short essay about a poem, an interesting history paper, or even a paper about a lab experiment are good choices.
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