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How can one create an original voice in applying for college?

When students are applying for college, most have the same mindset of haveing to use “loaded language”. How can I single myself out even if I feel all options are taken.#college #college-admissions #college-applications #writing

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Alexandra’s Answer

Stay true to yourself and your values. Brainstorm some topics that you feel very passionately about and have made the biggest impact on YOUR life. Don't focus on using advanced vocabulary - just tell your story. Colleges want to get to know you for you and can easily see through a fabricated story. Have some close friends or family members look over and proofread it to ensure there are no spelling or grammatical errors but don't have them change your story :) Good luck!
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Kelshia’s Answer

Your essay should stand out because you are unique. Write your essay in your own voice, talk about what's important to you. Explain why post secondary education is important to you, what you look forward to in college, and how you'll use that education to help yourself and others.

Give yourself plenty of time. Use a person or two to proofread it and give suggestions.
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Ashley’s Answer

Hi Jacoby! When applying for college, don't feel pressured to use loaded, scholarly language. Write as if you are talking. You have the ability to fix grammar mistakes. Give yourself some time to be able to sit down and write out your essay as if you are telling it out loud to a close friend. Go back and edit it, checking for word choice. You don't need loaded language; allowing your voice to shine through will make it stand out!


Best of luck as you begin the college application process- you'll be great!!

Ashley recommends the following next steps:

In the first draft, write as if you are speaking the answer to the prompt/question to a close friend or relative.
Edit for grammar, word choice, etc.
Have a teacher or other mentor proofread it.
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