What are some good academic goals to put on a college essay?

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readerofbooks | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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There are many noble and good academic goals to put on a college essay. 

First, you might want to give a bit of context about yourself, if your story is inspirational. For example, there are some people who will be the first to go off to college in their family. So, to obtain a college degree might be very aspirational. Or if you had to go undergo certain hardships to succeed academically, you might want to put this down as well.  A few years ago, there was a story of a homeless person who graduated from Harvard!

Second, another good academic goal is to excel in a certain field to benefit society. This can be a good angle. One of my friends wanted to study medicine because he experienced physical ailments his whole life, and through this wanted to help others. 

Third, you might want to simply put down what interests you and how you plan to study it and why you want to study it at a particular place. To be the best in a field to the best of your ability is a noble academic goal. 

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luannev | Elementary School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

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Your college essay should contain several different items.  The first paragraph should explain who you are and what grade you are in.  Then, you should explain the different areas you are going to cover in each paragraph of the essay, i.e. 1) the reason you want to attend college, 2) an explanation of your strengths and weaknesses and how you are able to cope with either one, and 3) why you believe you deserve the chance to either get accepted to college or to receive a scholarship. In this paragraph, you also need to include the honors and activities you have achieved or been a part of. Last will be your closing paragraph, a summary of the areas you have covered in the other four paragraphs that you believe make you stand out from the rest of the essays being written.  

This is your chance to let your light shine.  Give the people reading the essay a picture of who you are and what you want to become.  

Good luck with your essay.

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A good academic goal for a college essay would be to write about yourself in a way that highlights your history, your educational background, and what you have experienced so far. This way the readers can get a better understanding of who you are and what you might want to study and how their college can benefit you the most. It would be a good idea to highlight some interesting, unique facts about yourself to help you stick out from the other applicants and show that you bring diversity to their school. 
Another academic goal would be to write about what you want to study or what you might want to pursue at the school. You can explain how your experiences have helped you understand what career you want to go to into. I think that a good academic goal would be to discuss how their school would be a good fit for you through their academic options, community outreach programs, or other extracurricular activities. I think it is important to include positive accomplishments that you have made and how you hope to contribute to the school community as a whole whether that is through your great study habits, your academic successes in high school, your community service, or your involvement in activities or sports. 

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