What makes the best common app essays

Common application letters, also referred to as motivation letters, are among one the key milestone points in the process of entering any university. Its structure, method of composition and outlining often scare university applicants, which is why detailed manuals on writing common app essays are always relevant and useful. To help you compose an absolute best essay, we have drawn our advice on the advice of Vince Gotter — the professor of the University of Northern Iowa, who, apart from teaching, knows the process of common app essays revision firsthand as he is a member of the university admissions committee. The following checklist based on Gotter’s suggestions will give you an overview of the most important points to take into consideration when writing your essay.

Types of entrance essays

There are two types of motivational essays -- non-structured ones and those structured as interviews (or any other type based on of answering specific questions). In the essay which has no particular structure, the applicant is expected to provide information about himself or herself. The information should include his or her achievements, personal qualities, interests, experiences, and goals for the future. The essays in the form of answers to questions are often written by candidates applying for overseas MBA programs. In this case, a letter will contain short essays answers to certain questions.

The format of non-structured application essays can be as follows

Type 1: Yesterday — Today — Tomorrow

  • I have enough experience to be a successful university student at this particular program;
  • My goal is to acquire knowledge for further improvement;
  • Your course is absolutely suitable for my personal career objectives and personal development.

Type 2: Me — You — Us

  • Description of one’s accomplishments, skills, and interests;
  • The chosen algorithm fully corresponds to my aspirations and interests;
  • My potential in combination with your academic capacity will bear the following fruits...

Type 3: What — Why — What is the goal

  • What is it that I want to study;
  • Why I want to study at this program, what is my motivation behind this decision;
  • How can the chosen program help me to achieve the set goals which I expect to fulfill?

Creating a concise yet coherent outline is the first step to achieving success. Since your essay will be read by professionals, you now only want to stand out among the other applicants, but also to prove that you are a responsible student who takes the requirements seriously and already has knowledge of academic writing and self-positioning. This is why, while being original is a plus most of the time, it is also important to follow the guidelines and to give the admission committee exactly what they are expecting from you.

Your application essay

How to outline a common application essay
  • First, pay special attention to the requirements of a particular university that you are applying to. This is especially important for applicants to graduate programs because grad schools often request two motivational essays for different master's programs. Some universities explicitly require sending handwritten copies of motivational letters, indicating even the color of the ink that is to be used. It is advisable to browse the official website of the selected university to get familiar with all such requirements. Do not hesitate to contact the admission office of the university of your choice if in doubts. Applicants often take full advantage of college enrolment advisors since they can provide the most accurate and relevant information and suggestions in line with the program that you are applying for.
  • Make sure you mention the most significant or interesting facts about yourself at the beginning or early middle part of your essay. Sometimes the members of the admissions committee do not read the whole essay if they feel like the first paragraph does not describe an applicant as a potential student at the institution.
  • Write a logical and consistent narrative; as the essay goes, the character — that being you -- in it must undergo a development in all aspects of his or her life. Try to follow with the chronology of your development and focus on the features or times that are most relevant to the field you are applying to study.
  • The division of the text into small paragraphs and the absence of long ornate expressions is the key. Essay paragraphs should have its own little story with a hook, culmination and finale. It is also important to stay away from complex participial and adverbial turns in order to avoid unnecessary mistakes and disorder with punctuation. Your writing should be simple, concise and easy to understand, but it is still encouraged to use special terminology since it tells the admission committee that you are familiar with the field of your future study.
  • An introduction is better to start with an original quotation or a fact from your life. Since there are tons of essays that the admission committee has to go through, the first paragraph decides whether or not the reader will finish your essay to the very end.
  • In conclusion, it is necessary to summarize everything that has been written and to express the hope for further cooperation with the university. Upon reading your essay, the committee member should be left with pleasant sediment so try not to mention any negative events and not to criticize yourself in your essay.

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Stage 1: The client goes through the examples and instructions provided by the proofreader and writes a rough draft of his or her essay.

Stage 2: The proofreader checks the rough draft, points out mistakes in structuring, writing logic, emphasis, etc, and makes recommendations to improve the essay. The rough draft is finalized by the customer.

Stage 3: The proofreader reads through the edited draft and suggests further outline or coherence shortcomings.

Stage 4: The proofreader checks the final draft and corrects misused expressions, words, grammatical and lexical errors.

Final result

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Each document is to be edited up to three times. Each check takes between one to three days. The editing process is limited to a total period of three months.

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The length of the essay is up to every university's requirements for admission. In case it is not specified, the minimum of 800 words is considered a default.

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