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I work in admissions. Make sure your essay is genuine. We want to hear about who you are as a person. The more I learn about you, the better I would consider an essay. Remember, the person reading your essay most likely hasn't met you in person- this is their first impression. I would encourage you to have at least 2 people read your essay, whether it is a family member, friend, or a teacher. If the writing supplement is specific to a particular school, make sure to do research to see what makes that school distinctive. I hope this helps!
I have mentored several individuals entering college and recently my academic performance was recognized when I was invited to jon Delta Mu Delta (www.deltamudelta.org). I have made some observations that can come handy for one preparing to enter college: Keeping a positive outlook, looking for appropriate company, and keeping a journal.
Oftentimes it is easier to see the dark side of this journey; the difficult subjects, the demand on one's time, and the like. Well, there is a very beautiful side to college, however, one must needs sit down and ponder this journey with a degree of seriousness it deserves. After all, it is meant to be a transforming experience. College is a good thing. Find the good path before you start walking into this potential jungle! Enjoy the mental journey.
Making friends with a person whose habits are incompatible with this journey in college is the single worst thing a newcomer to college can do to self. Make no fixed friendship until you know who your real friends can be. You may not be able to choose family; you can choose and change friends. Bad company will make this journey difficult if not a flop. Choose your friends carefully. If doing Online courses Facebook, Tumblr, and all those nice social networks can slow your progress. Watch that space too.
Finally, I like to keep a journal. It is a sacred space where the threesome often meets: Me, Myself, and I! Jot down your thoughts for success regularly and treasure the goals you make for yourself. You can not go wrong when you befriend yourself!
I'd love to help. I have worked in college admissions and career counseling for many years. Do you want to chat via email with specific questions or would you like to talk on the phone?
What a great achievement!!!
What exactly do you need to do at this moment?
If I were you, I'd keep separate detailed to do lists for things that need to be done for each place you are applying.
When you revise the personal statement be sure to add a different line about how you can contribute to each campus culture. Link this to their mission statement.
I am sort of shooting in the dark here because I do not know what you've done so far.
Best of luck!