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What kind of essays are admission officers looking for when it comes to the application process?

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Brittany’s Answer

Hello John,


When it comes to the kind of essays admission officers are looking for during the application process, it totally depends upon the school that you are wanting to attend. A helpful thing you could do is to go to your desired dream school's website and assess things such as there mission statements and what they believe "makes a student" at their particular university. Once you have this information then you know exactly what the admissions officers are looking for in certain applicants. Also tell what made you want to attend the college based off of what you know makes that college great.


An example could be :

I wanted to attend (college name) because I want to pursue a degree in nursing and (college name) has the exact program that I have been dreaming of getting into.


Overall, write how your personal life has pertained to that specific school. Make your life and the school you want to attend to connect.

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Thomas’s Answer

I would say there are two important things to remember when writing your essay: 1) Remember your audience -- admissions officers are making their way through hundreds, if not thousands, of applications and need something that really sticks out to them. This doesn't mean doing something crazy and unexpected, but it does mean that you need to write your essay keeping in mind that you need to grab someone's attention. 2) Stay true to yourself. Admissions officers have read thousands of essays in their lives. The best way to leave an impression and to stick out is by staying true to the unique aspects of your life. Don't waste your time explaining why you're great -- remember, they have your transcript. What makes you you? Unique challenges or circumstances, life-changing events or growth, all things that people who work in higher education believe in and want see in their students.
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