How can I write a good admissions essay?

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thanatassa eNotes educator| Certified Educator

What you write in your essay depends on the nature of the place to which you are applying, the conditions of the scholarship, and the reasons for which you are applying. The more specifically you can tailor your essay to the focus of the specific organization or institution, the better.

It's somewhat difficult for an eNotes educator to suggest the actual contents of an essay on the topic of why you want to further your education, as we have no idea of your actual reasons, interests, or qualifications. We can, however, make some generic suggestions.

First, even though you will be writing about yourself in the first person, your essay is more likely to succeed if you focus not just on yourself but demonstrate detailed knowledge and planning in relationship to an educational institution.

For examples, saying "I want to go to college because it will help me get a job" is a fairly weak statement. A much better statement would be "I want to study computer programming at XYZ college because it has a specific focus on real time programming which would be helpful in my planned career in the air force as a specialist in Command and Control Information Systems." In other words, you need to think of a specific sort of career goal that interests you, look in some detail at the websites of universities to which you are applying, and then show how a degree from one of those universities would move you towards your goal.