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College Admission Essay Tip: Make Grandma Gasp, Not Blush!

College Admission Essay Tip



A Unique College Admission Essay


When writing your college admission essay, begin with a creative hook to make the college pay attention to you. Think about a single moment in time, perhaps that moment a picture was taken, and try to tell a story that would make your Grandma gasp. Your goal is not to make Grandma blush, so don't go over-the-top!

Use this writing prompt for ideas.

Prompt: “Grandma, you are NOT going to believe what happened when I…”

College application essays are like a first-person, TRUE creative writing story. Try to make the first sentence something that would literally make Grandma gasp if she heard it, and then write a few short few sentences.

"Hook" a College with Creativity


The "hook" for each essay might be the moment of impact when a close relative became deathly ill or injured, or the most shocking moment during a mission trip, or a unique, once-in-a-lifetime experience.  One child might write about seeing a baby being born, and another might describe witnessing a SWAT team in the neighborhood. Your short, personal, true, descriptive, creative writing essay will be different than these suggestions, of course, so be unique!

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Guest - Lin on Tuesday, 04 November 2014 07:15

My daughter took this advice from you when she wrote her National Merit essay. It began "My mother, bloody axe in her hand, prepared for her twelfth victim." It was about chicken butchering in our rural community. She didn't get the scholarship, but the essay did win her a national gold medal from the Scholastic Arts and Writing contest!

My daughter took this advice from you when she wrote her National Merit essay. It began "My mother, bloody axe in her hand, prepared for her twelfth victim." It was about chicken butchering in our rural community. She didn't get the scholarship, but the essay did win her a national gold medal from the Scholastic Arts and Writing contest!
Guest - Lee (website) on Tuesday, 04 November 2014 07:28

Oh my goodness Lin! I laughed so hard, my husband came running, LOL! That's HILARIOUS! Thanks for sharing!
Blessings,
Lee

Oh my goodness Lin! I laughed so hard, my husband came running, LOL! That's HILARIOUS! Thanks for sharing! Blessings, Lee
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