Those Important College Essays

[ad_1] Chief among the most important things on your college application check list is the application essay. Students are typically asked to write a self-reflective, personal, descriptive essay, that is supposed to describe who they are. Oh–and it also has to be technically perfect, too. This is a big deal! Colleges use a student’s essay to tell a great deal about them, such as how well they can write, what their thought process is like, and whether they’d fit in well with the college. Each college has unique questions–usually several different topics that they give, which they ask a student to write about. The ultimate question colleges are asking within these essay questions is, “Why should we admit you?” When you realize that the average student applies to six different colleges, and writes approximately three essays for each college, you’ll quickly see that there just isn’t enough time in the Read More …

What to Put in Your Process Essays

[ad_1] Process  essays  are different from other forms of writing in that it describe a course of action in detail.  Rather than point out characteristics or argue a stance, its goal is to enlighten a reader by imparting the step-by-step process to achieving something in particular.  Informally done, process  essays  are often called how-to or instructional pieces, one of the most popular format of article writing. When creating a process  essay  for class, you won’t need to cite references as strictly as you would in an opinion or a descriptive piece.  Since you’re imparting  a step-by-step procedure, it’s more important to pay attention to your descriptions as well as the different items (if they are present) the reader will need in order to replicate the process. Apart from the actual how-to instruction, other items should also find a place in your process  essay .  The following list is a good guideline Read More …

Some Suggestions for Writing Essays

[ad_1] If you’re still in school or have in fact gone back to school to get a degree, you know that a major portion of the course you take will be writing  essays . And for many this is not a huge deal. After all, after you’ve done a few  essays  it should not be a problem right? The thing with that line of thinking is that there are those that no matter what, just can’t seem to write in the style that is required by most  essays  and most professors. That said, whenever a new assignment comes up they immediately dread doing it and will most often put off until the last minute. This, of course, is certainly not what you want to do and it can be completely avoided if you follow some suggestions. One suggestion that helps quite a bit is once you get the assignment for the Read More …

I Return to Reading Essays

[ad_1] I love reading  essays  of all kinds. Most of what passes for the  essay  today is generally in the form of magazine articles, and may have more to do with weight loss or sex than the human condition. However, it has been my pleasure for many years to read, not only current authors, but giants of literature such as Samuel Johnson, William Hazlitt, Thomas De Quincy, Thoreau, Santayana, and so on. I read for both enlightenment and amusement, and have enjoyed the insight and humor of Gilbert Keith Chesterton, Washington Irving, Mark Twain, James Thurber, and Richard Armour, to name just a few. Over the last few years, life has forced me, or I have let it force me, to concern myself with more practical matters, and my enjoyment of a few minutes with a great mind has suffered for it. I have, in the past, read and written Read More …