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rraheja   , 22

from Metairie


Employing Creativity in Writing College Essays

The first step on the drafting phase of approaching a college essay must involve a clear understanding of the given topic. In cases where students have to select their own topics, the choice of subject matter in which the writer is well knowledgeable will be an ideal option. Quick brainstorming and follow-on reflections on the given or selected topic will run through recent findings or literature publications on relevant developments on the college essay focus topic.

The drafting step should involve the identification of relevant sources for the broadening of the writer's perspectives and bringing various existent ideas to focus. On this step students will have to ascertain the availability of the identified resources. Successful college essay writing always entails a step by step approach wherein students will have to focus thoroughly on specific individual requirements of the essay.

This step involves researching thoroughly on the essay topic by reviewing relevant literature from available knowledge reserves like the library and the internet.

The writer must run through the sources table of contents to check if the source contains the desired content before they waste valuable time on irrelevant resource materials.

Right through the research and the writing exercise students writing college essays must pursue a specific angle. Students must avoid adopting the kind of cliched, generic, and predictable writing. The writing of comprehensive essays will be achieved through the use of vivid and unambiguous detailing. Concise arguments clearly reinforcing or refuting one standpoint or the other depending on the requirements of the college essay topic or thesis statement.

Perhaps they have been asked to write a "reflection" on something they have read in class.

(Actually, although they have been schooled in Five-Paragraph Analytical Essays, they have never really been taught HOW to write those either. No one teaches anyone HOW to do it. They just tell them WHAT their essay is supposed to contain.)

But a Personal essay? Most students have never even seen one, let alone been taught how to write one. To be honest, if students were being taught how to do this, I would be out of a job!

Experience has taught me that most students don't even really know what a personal essay is.

So it's good to show them.

I am always amazed by my student's responses to the model essays I read to them.

"Wow," they often say. "I didn't know you could write about that!"

Or, "That's pretty wild! Did so and so get in?"

I like to show them that the field is not only large but infinite so they can play in it and find a path that is truly their own.

The truth is college essays can be about almost anything. A lot can be learned by seeing what others do. Google Best College Essays and you'll get a sampling. From there, it's amazing the places you can go!