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According to John Chopka, vice president for enrollment at Messiah College, perfect grades and test scores cannot replace a compelling college essay. “Behind all of the statistics and lists of activities and achievements is a real person with goals and dreams. Students who are able to articulate who they are and what they hope to become will catch the eye of an admissions committee,” he says. Chopka further emphasizes how important it is “for students to be genuine and true to themselves in what they present in college application materials.”

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Admission officers realize that writing doesn’t come easily to everyone, but with some time and planning, anyone can write a college application essay that stands out. One way to do that is to work step-by-step, piece-by-piece. The end result should be a carefully designed, insightful essay that makes you proud. Take advantage of being able to share something with an audience who knows nothing about you and is excited to learn what you have to offer. Brag. Write the story no one else can tell.