You’ve finally finished a draft of your college essay. You’ve mined your experiences in and out of school, brainstormed and organized your thoughts, and crafted it all into a compelling narrative. Now it’s time to get down to the business of editing your college essay. You need to refine your draft, smooth over the rough edges, and polish it so it can shine. But how do you do that?
Previously, we looked at 4 of the 8 UC essay prompts and discussed how you may go about writing them. For those who plan to apply to any of the 9 UC campuses, we will move on to the next 4 prompts and provide a general direction for you to follow as you compose your first draft.
The University of California has 9 campuses that offer undergraduate admissions. For those who plan to apply to any of the 9 schools, you would only need to fill out the UC Application once and check the corresponding campus boxes at the end. Recently, UC has changed its essay prompts, now asking applicants to submit four 350-word essays as opposed to its previous two (1000 words total). Let’s dive into these prompts and look at the crucial points you must touch on and elaborate before submitting your final draft.
The Common Application (Common App) is the easiest way to submit your information to colleges, but the toughest part of filling out the app? Essay. You Common App essay will be sent to every school you apply to through the application, and could the your first impression to most of the schools. Today, the Common App offers 7 essay prompts for their applicants (6 official prompts + 1 topic of your choice). We will examine all of them and help you decide what to write about, and how to write it.