The college application essay demystified!
It is almost midnight, way past my children’s regular bedtime, but we are listening to the final chapters of a most interesting book – “The Mark of Athena, Heroes of Olympus” by Rick Riordan. The audiobook is blaring on high volume and none of us dare take even a quick bathroom break for fear of missing the slightest detail.
In the last few months, we have listened to volume after volume of the series. I have become as much engrossed – in the plot, the magic, the weapons, the gods, the demigods, and all other details of the story – as my kids. Finally, the quest is completed, and the book ends. Tucking the kids into bed, I say – “I’m going to be a writer one day. I think I’ll write books for children. In fact, I would have already written something, except I don’t have a story yet!”
Those students who are currently writing their college application essays are in a situation not different from my own. They too are struggling to find the perfect story to write about. But that is where the similarity ends, for, unlike me, they need an essay to apply to college. Their essay is a passport to their future career, and life goals. In their case, the stakes are high, and the pressure to produce a well-written, interesting piece is intense.