As is known, essays matter a lot in common application. Many US universities even don't require interview, so the application essay is an incredibly opportunity to say something positive and memorable to impress the admissions people, since your grades are pretty much set. So what essays really set you apart in application? Let's hear what Anthony Nemecek, our Premium Consultant at BE who has over 25 years experiences in international education and served as the former Director of US-UK Fulbright Commission has got to say.
What is a typical US university admissions essay?
Anthony: Typical would be difficult to describe. However, most of the essay prompts are used to find out information that goes beyond what's found in the application, so what kind of person are you, what drives you, what're your ambitions, what are your goals, etc.
What are your top tips?
Anthony: The most important thing that students have to remember is that when they finish writing the essay, if they give it to someone else to read, that person should feel that the student was the only one possible that could have written that particular essay. It has to be that personal and that unique. If it isn't, then it goes into rubbish.
How do admissions essays differ between the US and UK?
There's significant difference between the UCAS statement and the US application essay in that the UCAS statement tends to be extremely formulaic and more of a laundry list of students' accomplishments, etc. The US essay is very different because all of that information is generally found in other parts of that application. So what they're looking for once again is to find out what makes the student tick, and they expect that to be delivered not so much in an essay that is purely descriptive but rather an essay that's reflective.
What are some common mistakes?
Common mistakes that I see students making tend to be repetitions of information that already found in the application. Additionally, sometimes they either don't allow themselves enough time or they allow too much time. For example, the prompts usually tend to indicate a lines of 250 words. That actually means 500-600 words. You can't possibly develop a thought adequately in just 250 words, or at least the depth they're looking for. Whereas you also have to remember that look at the admissions people are reading thousands of that essays. And unless you're writing a Pulitzer Prize winning piece of literature, to go past 600 words really is to your disadvantage.
In 2016-2017 alone, Mr. Anthony and his team have helped altogether 31 students get into TOP 20 universities in the US, including 5 to Chicago, 2 to Yale, 6 to Stanford and 1 to MIT. If you're interested in applying to US universities and need Anthony's help, click the icon below to get consultancy from us.