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Word of the Day Wednesday: College Essay

Each Wednesday, MEFA will feature a Word of the Day where we’ll highlight a word (or sometimes a phrase) related to the college planning process. This month, we’re focusing on vocabulary related to college admissions.

Today’s Word of the Day is College Essay.

Many colleges and universities require an essay as part of the admissions application. The essay allows a student to write about something important to him or her and it gives the Admissions officer reading it more insight into who the student is as a person. It is the student’s chance to share more about themselves than can be demonstrated by grades or standardized test scores. Colleges that require the Common Application for admission ask students to write an essay answering one of the Common App essay prompts (read about this year's prompts here).

Why is this important to you? 

MEFA recommends that students start to work on the college essay during the summer before senior year. Once the school year begins, it is sometimes hard to find the concentrated time to begin this important part of the college application process. It’s getting close to the end of the summer, but there is still plenty of time to get a jump on this task. Editing and revising can continue to take place during the fall but make it a goal to start the year with a draft! Read five tips on writing your college essay from a Director of Admissions here.





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