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I am writing an essay of about 250 words on "my experience at university", kindly help...

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guluzair | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 19, 2013 at 10:00 AM via web

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I am writing an essay of about 250 words on "my experience at university", kindly help how should I start and conclude the essay. What could be the essential parts and points.

This is my first semester at university.

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wanderista | TA , Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted October 19, 2013 at 11:34 AM (Answer #1)

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This essay is presumably about how you have interpreted university in general during your time there. Therefore, how you write about this is extremely subjective, as your experiences are purely your own and I cannot create any for you. However, here are a few ideas for you to explore so you can expand upon them in your essay.

  • Co-curricular activities - have you been involved in clubs, political groups, chess etc?
  • Curricular activities/academics - how do you feel you are going academically?
  • Sports - how have sports shaped your university life?
  • Careers - do you like the idea of having a career and how university helps you get there?
  • Part-time work - balance is the key to becoming a successful student, and sometimes that involves part time work. Do you have a job on top on your role as a student to earn extra money?
  • Social aspects/Friends - do you live on campus? How do you fee about this, if yes? How do you find the student community? Is the atmosphere different?
  • Teachers - do you like the teachers? How do they guide you?

Expand on these points in your essay and reflect on the past semester.

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 20, 2013 at 12:33 AM (Answer #2)

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Why not set up the essay about your experience at the university as a comparison/contrast essay? You could introduce the essay with a reflection upon your dreams and anticipations of what going to college would be like. Then, your thesis can build upon the similarities and differences of your imaginings about college as compared to what your actual experiences have been. In doing this, too, you can inject some humor with narrative examples, or brief stories, about funny experiences in the cafeteria or on other parts of campus, the first day of a class, etc.  Here is a sample of a narrative example:

At last, the long-anticipated day came and I arrived at what would be my home-away-from-home for years. Excited at first, incredulously, I began to miss the sister I loved to torture when evening came and my victim was not around. What would I spend the time doing now? Glancing around my miniscule dorm room in which I had already put away my clothes and other personal belongings, i sought occupation. "Oh, the television!" I thought. So, I flipped through channels, but while I did this, there was a chill crawling up my back. I was alone, and I was afraid of tomorrow. Worse than this, I actually wished I could talk about this to my sister.

Don't be afraid to employ amusing anecdotes that genuinelly make fun of yourself. Professors often enjoy a departure from the serious and the affected attempts of students to try to impress them with profound observations. The ability to laugh at oneself is a talent, really.

(See the link below for instructions on a comparative/contrast essay.)

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