October 07, 2019

Our Guide to a Strong Essay

Our top tips for essay writing.
  • Beloit student working hard in the Morse Library.
    Zhen Li

Here at Beloit College, we want to see you succeed. This starts with writing an impactful essay as a part of your application. We decided to put together this short list of pointers for you to use when writing your essay.

Keep it simple

  • Use words you know and feel comfortable writing. You shouldn’t be sourcing every other word from that old thesaurus on your bookshelf.
  • Don’t try to push the word count. Adding unnecessary transition words can make your writing feel long winded and weak.
  • Don’t keep it too casual; the abbreviations you use when texting don’t belong in an essay.

Tell us why

  • What is it that you want us to learn about you reading your essay? Don’t just write to write; your essay should paint a picture of who you are.

This is your essay

  • We want to hear from you, not your parents. We’re sure they’re great, but this is your opportunity to showcase your abilities and personality.
  • Make it you; add some flair and personality! It can be serious or light, but it should sound like only you could have written it.

Read it back

  • Spellcheck is great, but it doesn’t compare to proofreading. This will help you make sure you choose the correct words, and didn’t repeat yourself or leave anything out.

It’s gonna be May

  • Get started early! Senior year moves fast, and before you know it, it’s the night before a deadline, and your parents give you that “I told you so” look (you know the one).

Be natural, be you

  • Pick a topic that you find interesting, even if you don’t think it’s the most scholarly option. Showing you have interests and a natural curiosity is better than pretending to be versed in complex topics.
  • Don’t be afraid to express your passions; we want to know what makes you unique.

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