10 tips for writing an introductory essay
23.06.14
10 tips for writing an introductory essay

Most of the admission commissions of foreign universities include the item "essay" in the list of mandatory components of the package of documents upon admission. Of course, the grades and scores of entrance exams carry weight, but the final decisive word in making final decisions by admissions committees always remains with the introductory essay. Indeed, it is just like nothing else that can reveal a candidate not only as a student, but also as a person.

The requirements of most foreign higher education institutions include at least one essay, but in some cases it can be 2, 3, or more. Essays ranging in length from a few hundred words to 2-5 pages are a great opportunity to make a good impression and tell you why you deserve a place at this university. The written work should convince the selection committee that its author is an outstanding person. Introductory essays, as a rule, are written on a given topic and usually represent a detailed answer to questions that relate to life values, career or academic plans of applicants: “What is most valuable to you in life?”, “Why do you want to study at this university ? "," What achievement in your life do you consider most significant? "," What is your biggest failure in life and how has it affected you? What lesson have you learned from this situation? ”Or:“ How do you plan to develop professionally after studying? ”

Many applicants underestimate the power of an introductory essay. Specialists of NACAC (National Association of High School Admissions) at one of the recent conferences confirmed the theory that a successful essay gives a candidate a chance to stand out among applicants, to attract the attention of the admissions committee. Even if in one of the main entrance exams the applicant does not have a very high score, a good essay can tip the scales in his direction. An unsuccessful essay, on the contrary, can become a serious barrier to admission to a university.

NACAC staff also compiled a list of what you need and don’t need to do when writing an introductory essay that we bring to your attention.

1. First, draw up a detailed and meaningful outline of your essay, formulate a thesis, outline the main points. Already at this stage you will have a clear idea of ​​what your essay should look like upon completion of work on it, how informative and interesting the work will be. An ideal essay should be frank, capacious, able to inform, tell something new about you and surprise you.

2. Tell about yourself modestly, restrainedly, but confidently. In order to convince others, you must be confident in what you want, why you want it and why this particular program can help you.

3. Be yourself. The recipe for a good essay is to add a highlight to your written work, which will intrigue the admissions committee members and make them want to personally meet the author. The essay should be personal, common words will not give the admissions committee an idea about you, will not make you unique.

4. Make sure that you open the topic and answer the question. One of the most common mistakes made by applicants is to talk about themselves and forget about the question. Do not leave the topic open, answer each question posed in the essay, but do not go beyond the word limit.

5. Present yourself with dignity. Write in such a way as to create an impression of yourself as a mature, positive, intelligent, self-confident, convincing, original, hardworking, thoughtful and responsive person.

6. Demonstrate knowledge of universitywhich you enter, its history, opportunities, courses and directions offered, students and graduates. Try to show that it is in this educational institution that your potential will be fully realized.

7. Write about something that will reveal you as a multi-faceted, developed personality. For example, are you keen on boxing and hope for the future to become an elementary school teacher or are you a young girl programmer or nuclear physicist? Wonderful! Write about this: the more versatile you are, the better!

8. Review, correct and improve! If possible, postpone the essay for a couple of days, and then return to it with a fresh head. It will also be useful if someone (friends, family, teachers) looks at your essay - constructive criticism will help you look at it from a different perspective.

9. Express your thoughts clearly and do not use the same words. Use a variety of vocabulary when describing something or someone. For example: Charlie, my best friend, my reliable friend, my soul mate, my support and support. ... Try not to repeat yourself, show that you speak the language at a decent level!

10. Illustrate the main points with interesting examples from your own life. Such an essay will be read in one go and demonstrate your personality.

Good luck with writing and follow our publications: we will publish more tips and tricks for successful admission.

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