Tips for Writing Essays

  • Get feedback on drafts from a trusted mentor
  • Keep to the word limits
  • Be creative and unique in presentation
  • Use first person and an authentic voice
  • Convey who you are in language, tone and form
  • Communicate your core values
  • Address only the question or topic requested
  • Proofread, edit, spell and grammar check


  • Slang, jargon, clich├ęs or excessively elaborate prose
  • Writing too little or too much
  • Submitting the same essay for multiple applications