College Application Essays

These next few weeks will be the most difficult of my senior year: getting applications in for college. I have most of them filled out but I still have personal essays (or “statements”) to write for a few colleges. The University of Illinois requires two essays: one for your personal description and one for your professional description. However, each of these are limited to about 300 words in length.

I’ve drafted my personal essay this last weekend and it weighed in at 750 words. It’s extremely difficult to say everything I want to say in such a limited amount of space, and given how these essays can make or break an application, it’s important to get it right. In all honesty, I wish that all colleges would require a personal interview with an admissions officer. That way, I could express so much more and answer concerns or questions that the school might have about my academic, personal, and professional backgrounds… much more so than I can squeeze into 300 words. Impractical? Maybe, but it would be better in my case.

By the way, I didn’t make class president (despite some awesome campaign stickers), but I did make class treasurer. I get to manage money and that’s fine with me! Plus, I got a senior parking space… it’s a win-win.

By Reid Burke

Hi, I'm @reid. I work on developer tools at Yahoo. I serve at Awakening Church with a focus on technology. I also enjoy riding motorcycles.

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