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Writing an Effective College Essay Presented by: Shawon Jackson and Sai Parepally


Common Application Essay

ANYTHING you want!


Supplement Essay 

Topics can include: –

Why this school

Why a specific program

Elaboration on a club/activity


Now it’s your turn! Write your first sentence of a college essay to the following prompt: Salt, governments, beliefs, and celebrity couples are a few examples of things that can be dissolved. You’ve just been granted the power to dissolve anything: physical, metaphorical, abstract, concrete..you name it. What do you dissolve , and what solvent do you use?


Sample Personal Statements  

Personal Statement by a Low-Income Student Personal Statement by a Student in Many Clubs –

Unifies distinct passions

Shows a genuine desire to be a doctor – gives specific examples of what he liked and didn’t like doing

Student reveals overall strength

Student focuses on themselves for the entirety of the essay


Sample Supplement Essays 

Supplement Essay – “Why?” Essay –

Very specific

Focuses on academics and extracurricular activities

Supplement Essay


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