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The College Essay – Class of 2015 Created by: Jeff Busch Last Updated: Fall 2014
Essential Questions What will I be graded on? What is the purpose of the college essay and how important is it? What types of college essays might I have to write? What are mistakes I should avoid? What should I do? How can I tell if my essay is great? How do I prepare a great college essay?
What will I be graded on? First Draft/Class Participation Prep – 25 points 5 pts. Name and Date 5 pts. For an outline with a minimum of intro, body and wrap-up (use outline provided) – Due 12/16 5 pts. Class Participation 5 pts. at least 50% of final draft. (500 words) 5 pts. Deadlines met Second/Final Draft – 75 points Focus Organization Narrative Techniques Language Other – Name, On Time, Formatting, Word Count Total 100 points
What is the purpose of the college essay and how important is it? To help schools look at the whole student. Remember, what sets you apart here at ODY is what is guiding you to apply to a particular college. Colleges don’t see what you put into that resume and they know some have lots of filler. The essay lets a college know who you really are as a person. The more selective the school, the more important the college essay is. Will the 4 to 5 minutes the admissions officer spends on your essay be memorable or not?
What types of college essays might I have to write? Optional – don’t be fooled Personal Statements (creatively share your background, preparation, and goals) Essay and Supplemental prompts ( usually a bit more flexible since the prompts are wide ranging) 4 types of statements/prompts/essays 4 types of statements/prompts/essays Personal Statement Favorite Activities Why (Insert school name)? Intellectual Curiosity
What are some essay mistakes I should avoid? Don’t be offensive or share about something unethical Don’t google the topic, plagiarism will be caught Avoid controversial political topics Don’t be negative or arrogant. Beware of over share Don’t disparage the school you are applying to Don’t be “too” creative (such as writing a sonnet or poem) Don’t write too little Don’t write about fifty things, pick one and take a stand Remember what your English teacher taught you. Don’t spell the name of the college incorrectly. Don’t submit the essay to the wrong college. If your entire resume is about band camp, don’t talk about band camp in your personal statement/essay.
What should I do? Be yourself Make an impression Use appropriate, colorful, vivid language Be Descriptive Share new information Have a strong opening and closing Write a rough draft Read it out loud Pay attention to word limits Do not rely on spellcheck Kasey Urquidez – Dean of Undergraduate Admissions at U of Arizona
How can I tell if an essay is great? You probably can’t, you are biased. You can read it out loud to parent, friend, etc. If it sounds awkward, then it is. Give your essay to someone else with admissions experience and ask them if it does the following… Go back to the do’s and do not’s on this presentation. Practice: Two Sample Essays (groups of three)
What options do I have for the assignment? Class Options Common Application Personal Statement 650 words or less, minimum 250 (new length this year) 5 prompts (see printout) Any prompt from an actual college. Handout Option 500 words or less, use anything from the prompt list on the “Topics to Consider” worksheet.
Review Homework Write five sentences about three of the prompts. Pick one to write your outline on Start Outline Tomorrow Complete Outline Essay Critique Begin Rough Draft (Due Three Days later) Review Do’s and Don’ts
Lesson 2: Critique and Outline Essay #1 Be the judge (5 min) Read comments of admissions Essay #2 (10 min – 5/5) Group Review Group Present / Admissions Comment Outline Review (10 min) Choose an essay or statement: (10 min) Choose Common App, Sample Essay Topic or College of Choice Homework (due Monday 12/16) Start your outline in Keyboarding, finish Lib? You must note your topic/question at start of outline