A Sample Short Answer Essay for a College Application - ThoughtCo

But the same is true for college essays, as Orwell doubtlessly would have realized if he were reanimated and handed him a sheaf of Common Applications. The sad truth is that most college application essays are not very good. When I say they are "not very good", I mean they are either boring, impenetrable, melodramatic, or all of the above.

Review a sample college application essay, with a point-by-point critique, before writing your own.
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Here are sample narrative-style college application essays from some of my former tutoring students. Most were written in response to one of The Common Application essay prompts. All are personal statements written in a narrative style.


Sample Essays for College Applications | Essay Hell

In my writing guide, The Writing Survival Kit, I share some excellent sample essays for college applications
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But there are a couple of things you may not have considered. For example, would it surprise you to learn that a number of college application readers are younger than your parents? They may even wear skinny jeans to work. And that they listen to the same music you do? We met an admissions officer once with "I'm a Belieber" tattooed on her wrist. How about the fact that in 2012, UCLA received more than 90,000 applications? (That means 90,000 essays that have to be read...and 90,000 essays that can be balled up to make an .)