Next, you'll determine how to create an interesting essay that shows off your unique perspective and write multiple drafts in order to hone your structure and language.
Once your writing is as effective and engaging as possible, you'll do a final sweep to make sure everything is correct.
Otherwise, start with the essay for your top choice school.
I would also recommend starting with a longer personal statement before moving on to shorter supplementary essays, since the 500-700 word essays tend to take quite a bit longer than 100-250 word short responses.
This guide covers the following steps: #1: Organizing#2: Brainstorming#3: Picking a topic#4: Making a plan#5: Writing a draft#6: Editing your draft#7: Finalizing your draft#8: Repeating the process The first step in how to write a college essay is figuring out what you actually need to do.
Although many schools are now on the Common App, some very popular colleges, including University of Texas and University of California, still have their own applications and writing requirements.
In order to make sure you have plenty of time to brainstorm, write, and edit your essay (or essays), I recommend starting at least two months before your first deadline.
The last thing you want is to end up with a low-quality essay you aren't proud of because you ran out of time and had to submit something unfinished.
You'll need to look up the essay requirements for each college—what's required should be clear on the application itself, or you can look under the "how to apply" section of the school's website.
Once you've determined the requirements for each school, I recommend making yourself a chart with the school name, word limit, and application deadline on one side and the prompt or prompts you need to respond to on the other.