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WATCH THIS BEFORE WRITING YOUR COLLEGE APP ESSAYS - Topics, Structure, Do's & Don'ts, etc!

Jun 06, 2021
Hey guys, what's up? I'm Dylan and today I'm going to talk about everything you need to know about

college

essays

. This video is going to be loaded with information, so make sure you

watch

the whole thing because it's so important and it's everything. that I've put together throughout my

college

application process, all these different resources that I've read and learned, so it's really important that I share them with you today. All of

this

information that I'm going to share with you today helped me get in. Stanford USC UCLA NYU and more. I'm going to talk especially about the personal statement that's on the common application, but other applications have certain versions of

your

personal statement and UCS has those for personal information questions that are a little bit different than the personal statement and I'll talk about That's later, like what the differences are between the UC application and the Common App application, but more generally, these tips apply to all types of college

essays

, so

your

personal statement is your chance.
watch this before writing your college app essays   topics structure do s don ts etc
To tell admissions officers your personal story and by

this

I mean your values ​​in the way you think and like through a certain experience that you are going to share with them and I don't mean certain things that you like. You're just sharing your resume like I did this and this and this because they already see those things in your application, so your essay is the opportunity to tell your story. There's a quote that I kept hearing and seeing on webinars and stuff, and I think it's very important, so I'm going to read it to you right now.
watch this before writing your college app essays   topics structure do s don ts etc

More Interesting Facts About,

watch this before writing your college app essays topics structure do s don ts etc...

If your friend finds your essay on the floor and it doesn't have a name, they should be able to tell it's yours just by reading it, this just goes to show that the essay you write should be unique and personal to you because I'm sure a million other people will have stories that tell, but how are you going to stand out and be about yourself instead of just the kind of cliché story that everyone tells? That brings me. Regarding

topics

, people always ask me if a certain topic is worth

writing

about, whether they should write about it or not, and my answer is usually that it's not really so much about the topic but about the way you write about it, there are many. of over-the-top

topics

that people I've done I think are just amazing hung my head like sad stories or sports like oh we're losing the game and then we win the game and blah blah, hard work, teamwork, stuff like that or just like

writing

about a family. member, which I actually wrote about a family member in my Common App essay, so all of that was to say that you can still make a story like a lot of people do, but it's the way you write it in the angle you take.
watch this before writing your college app essays   topics structure do s don ts etc
That's what really matters once I read someone else's essay about how they were trying to fall asleep at night and then had to turn on the fan but then they made another metaphor about music and how the fan represented that and all the things that were going on in their heads and I found that it's so amazing and so creative like such a creative way to write about it, like turning on a fan so you can fall asleep to white noise, so it all depends on the way you handle it. . and if you want to read that essay, you can check out this book where I read a bunch of different essays that came to Stanford and I found very useful.
watch this before writing your college app essays   topics structure do s don ts etc
You might also want to consider how you can use your personal statement to be like the main thing that the rest of your application focuses on and what I mean by that and in terms of telling your story and strategizing for all of your college applications, I'm actually going to make another whole video about this and how I did it. because I made mine about my grandfather and his fight against Alzheimer's and I probably wanted to propose an app for a solution, but that connects a lot with my passions for art and technology, which I talk about in all my other essays, so a lot of things are intertwined there, so if you want to do something like what I did where your essay is about another person who had an impact on you, you really have to make sure that you're talking about how that person relates to you, you always have to back to In the end, it can't just be about this person because okay, sure we're learning all about this person in your essay, but what do I have to do with you?
So don't just focus on her, focus on how she impacted you. how they changed your perspective, challenged you, made you grow. I also think it would be better to focus on one specific experience or story rather than a bunch of different things, a bunch of different stories, for example if you're talking about your love for breast or something like that you might want to talk about it all at once. where you did something related to science, you were doing this experiment, you're doing a science fair or something and all the challenges and things that you had to go through during that very specific experience. instead of doing an essay that's like well, I did this competition, I did this and then I did this and I do this.
You don't want to just pour all your extracurricular activities or whatever into your essay and say I did this. this is this, I mean, okay, great, but again I already said this, but we don't want to see what's already in your application, we want to learn about you and the challenges that you went through and the values ​​that you gained in the way you that did it. made you think and feel through your essay so, to reiterate, I recommend that your personal statement be about a fundamental experience that challenged you, made you grow, made you learn, made you think, etc.
Okay, the next thing I'm going to say is very important and this is what I really didn't know when I went into the whole college application process and that is that college essays are nothing and I mean nothing like academic essays. from high school, they're not really essays, honestly, their stories are professional, they're not your typical high school. as an introductory paragraph topic number one topic number two topic number three final paragraph to summarize blah, blah, blah, blah, this was my argument, blah, blah, blah, with these three things that you talk about throughout the entire essay, no not at all, that kind of

structure

will work on AP exams but it won't work on your college essays, so college essays are more like the prose you would read in a book, tell a narrative, tell your thoughts and inner feelings, give off more of your personality, describe things more in a creative way maybe metaphorical way you want to be attractive show don't say that's the number one what does that mean don't just list how I did this and then I did this and then this happened and then this happened like really the reader with his word and how he explains certain things and I know I may not be doing a great job explaining this right now, but I'm actually going to break down my own common app essay and link the video here once it's done so you can see exactly what I mean by this and how I did it in my writings, so a very good way to practice this is to simply read other people's essays and read books in terms of

structure

and anecdote. at the beginning is a good way to grab the reader's attention right away again, that means the narrative of the story and all that, but you don't want it to go on too long because you can go on and tell a story, but you want to make sure that at the end At the same time you are reaching the points you want to reach, you are telling the story but you are also telling how it changed you as a person, so make sure this story makes it clear how it gives you a new perspective.
For perspective, a general essay writing structure is as follows and I give full credit to the college essayist who wrote this amazing book that I recommend everyone read because I read it when I was doing my college applications. It's linked in the bio, but it's called a university. essay essentials you've probably heard of it if you

watch

ed my other videos, so the structure is like this, an inciting anecdote or incident and then the status quo, like how things now raise the stakes, the turning point, the final act and then the result. new status quo I think that structure generally works for many essays.
It's obviously more geared toward the personal statement than the Common App. The UC app, as I mentioned at the beginning of this video, is a little bit different, so now I'm going to talk. about what those differences are, although I talked a lot earlier in this video about how you don't want to just restate everything that's on your application in your essay, the UC essays are a little different in the sense that they're actually more of a glorified resume specifically for this UC application, you can use a specific activity that you have done and then help with the topic of the essay, you just want to get right to the point, answer the question, but yes, still make it sound good, still write well.
And yes, you can be creative with your writing, but I'm saying you don't need to be over the top with nonsense, we don't need that for UCF, so it's a little more informative than poetic. you're explaining what you've done that sets you apart and in each piq or personal insight question you want to convey different values, so basically the common app allows you to be much more vulnerable with what you're saying, but the UCS are a little more direct To the point, although you can still be vulnerable if you want, one way to structure your UCP IQ would be what you did, the problems you solved, the lessons learned or values ​​you gained, the impact you had, and how you applied what you learned. you learned other things. in your life, so that's what I have to say about structure, it's almost like a movie or a book, like priorities in a book, it's just not the way you write academic essays at all.
Don't think you're writing an academic essay when you write your college essays, so here are some narrative writing techniques I have for you to make your essay sound more like a narrative. They can use poetic resources. They may look familiar to your eyes. certain image or situation highlighting its qualities or functionality without actually naming them. or say what it is, so think about what are some ways I can describe a basic thing but make it seem really interesting by describing it in a different way instead of just saying exactly what the thing is and then describing the situation or object such Maybe you want to analyze it later, so what did that mean?
Metaphors are also a great way to make your writing more personal, unique, and creative. Perhaps you can have a metaphor throughout your essay that connects to something else that is also very personal to you. maybe through an object or a person or a situation, now I'm going to move on to what not to do, so I guess everything I did before was what to do, if this is a type of video about do's and don'ts, so Now I'm going to talk about things you definitely don't want to do on your college applications and what you should do instead, so recently I've been editing some college application essays and editing, revising and proofreading and then I usually give you a paragraph at the end that talks about your essay as a whole, so if you want me to proofread your essay, be sure to contact me.
You can contact me through Instagram or YouTube or whatever and I'll tell you how to set it up. and I'll tell you about my violations, so here are some things that I've encountered, but I want to tell everyone in terms of describing things like I just said, you don't want to just say what it is that I constantly encounter. I write the words how and why myself when I'm editing essays because I want to know. Okay, yes, this is something you state as a statement, but why does this matter? How does this relate to you? Okay, you like this, why do you like this? some reason behind this, how does it make you feel? be specific instead of saying I'm interested in XYZ or I'm fascinated in and it shocks you instead of saying I believe XYZ or I believe XYZ just say XYZ because we already know that it is you who believes it because it is you who says it?
We already know it's your stance, so you don't need to waste your word count. I think I prefer to say what it is, don't use clichés, period, just don't use a cliché phrase, it has been exaggerated, no. one wants to see him don't use the second person i.e. don't use the word you don't really want to talk directly to the admissions officer don't start with a quote I think this also relates to not using The thing about clichés and this is what I've seen a lot in my research on college applications, so yeah, don't use a quote, don't use clichés and don't say you and last but not least, this is how it is. important don't flood your essay with a bunch of fancy words that you use on the SAT I remember you didn't use it on the SAT whatever don't flood your essay with a bunch of fancy words this is not a competition to seeWho can use the most elegant words?
It doesn't actually make their essay sound better, it makes it seem like they're trying too hard. Some of you may have come to my YouTube because of what I posted on tick-tock and I've made a lot of videos about fancy words and I make fun of how people use fancy words in their essays in college, but this is not what you want to do in college application essays, you don't want to use all these fancy words and then once you're in college, people use them anyway and I guess it makes you look smarter, but You still always want to see it in fancy words because sometimes it really isn't.
Make yourself seem smart, of course, you can use a word here and there, but you want to make sure it's placed appropriately, like it actually makes sense within the sentence. and that it flows well and goes with the rest of the vibe of your essay. That was a lot of information. I hope you kept it all or took some notes or I don't know, removed something. I gathered all of this information from a lot of different sources and if you want real resources for the information I deduced I actually have a link once again in the description that literally gives you Google Drive with a ton of resources for free so use that resource.
I'm also making a video on the exact process of how to write your college application essay. I'll put it here so be sure to check it out once it's up because I guarantee it will be very useful to you. That's all for today. Thanks so much for looking. Let me know in the comments if this helped you. Let me know. I know if you have any questions you can always contact me and I will do my best to answer you and give you the help you need, so thank you very much for watching this video and I hope you have a wonderful rest of your day.

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