Inevitably, the more selective private institutions with their growing pools of high-performing applicants tend to review applications more holistically and, therefore, place the most emphasis on non-quantitative elements such as the personal statement.Given the opaque but obviously significant role of personal essays in American applications, it is not surprising that a recent blog post that revealed essays written by students admitted to Columbia’s class of 2017 elicited the vitriolic response that it did.
But they also remain deeply conscious that they are poring over the writings of high school children.
Meanwhile, a recent decision by the Common Application (the online application used by 400 universities) to radically overhaul the personal statement has once again highlighted the role of the essay in an American college application.
To develop a good paper on leadership, use your personal experience as this help in grabbing the reader’s attention.
Alternatively, you can start with a hook by mentioning some great leader who has inspired many people. The introductory paragraph should contain three to four sentence introducing the topic.
They are the exclamation points to that story, not the centerpiece.
An essay gives you the chance to demonstrate and explore a particular subject to convince the reader that you can present a logical flow of thoughts.
Take the time to make your introduction the best it can be, and you stand a much better chance of having your essay well received.
A professional essay introduction needs to presents the topic to be discussed using descriptive words that will attract the reader’s attention within the first sentence.
The teenager who sits on a Queens rooftop at night to ponder her city; the Boston boy who sees in the condition of his mother’s feet, her sacrifices on the factory floor on his behalf; the wannabe comic honing his skills in comedy clubs, usually with mixed success; the mathematician trying to describe the beauty he sees in Mandelbrot sets—these are essays I still remember because each offered a distinctive insight into the specific experience of an individual teenage life.
But even the exceptional essays play a role only within a broader narrative that encompasses all the academic and social choices a student made throughout high school.