Getting accepted into an Ivy League University is a big accomplishment for most folks. Kwasi Enin got accepted into all eight schools, so if there’s somebody who knows a thing or two about writing a good admissions essay, it’s him.
Yes, it’s important to proofread your essays and make plenty of edits, but there’s more to a winning essay than grammar. Here’s what Enin recommended to high school students in a recent Ask Me Anything (AMA) on Reddit:
1. Get help from an English teacher: Get started early!
Like, the summer before your senior year if possible. That way you can have your English teacher look over it and work with you throughout the year to perfect it. Plus, when application time comes along, you’ll be more than prepared.
2. Make your essay scream “This is who I am!”:
You want your essay to be compelling and stand out from the others, but you also want it to reflect who you really are. Enin suggests you take a small idea you’ve had, or an event in your life, then detail its significance to you. By the end of your essay, whoever reviews it should have a good image of you in their mind.
It’s also a good idea to avoid cliches, says Enin. Remember, these essays are a chance for you to showcase who you are and what makes you special. Think about what makes you unique as a student and as a person, then put it on the page. You can read the entire AMA at the link below.