Essay Writing Tip #1: Don’t tell.

6812988187_67c39c8e5b_bSo, you want your essay to stand out? For the admissions officer to notice, remember, and learn something about you?

Don’t tell them about you. Seriously. Telling is boring.

Instead, describe your world: what you see, what you hear, and what you do.

Let the reader imagine themselves as you. And then, nothing needs to be said.

Example (admissions officer telling): I was tired, and didn’t want to read those essays.

Example (admissions officer letting the reader deduce): The afternoon light filtered through the window onto the desk covered with papers. I sighed. 400 more to go. I squeezed my eyes shut, opened them wide, and blinked. Then, I tried reading the essay again. The words blurred in front of my eyes. …

As Benjamin Franklin famously said: Tell me and I may forget … involve me and I learn.

Image credit: All rights reserved by choiyaki
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This entry was posted in 11th grade, 12th grade, Essay, Tips by Sri Subramanian (@whosissri). Bookmark the permalink.

About Sri Subramanian (@whosissri)

Sri is a technologist with a point of view, hoping to make this world a better place in small ways. She lives at the intersection of business, technology, and people. Sri is currently Founder of Volv.me Sri is also responsible for bringing two wonderful girls into this world, and - with ample help from her husband, and family and friends - successfully inserting many non-fun moments (such as brushing teeth) into their lives.

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