College Counseling

Personal Essay and Resume

The College Essay

Most college-bound students approach the task of writing a personal essay for college admissions with some trepidation and a few questions: How important is the essay? What do colleges look for? How is it used? Who reads it? Here are a few facts and tips that may put the essay into perspective and help you to produce your best effort.
According to one admissions director, "The essay makes the facts in the student's folder come alive for us." 

The essay is your opportunity to add character to your application and to provide information that may not appear elsewhere in the other elements that you submit for review. It allows you to reveal your intelligence, talent, sense of humor, enthusiasm, maturity, creativity, expressiveness, sincerity, and writing ability--traits that personalize the admissions evaluation.