On an episode of the classic sitcom “Friends,” Joey is a bit overwhelmed when he sits down to write a recommendation letter for pals Chandler and Monica as they begin the process to adopt a baby.
“I want it to sound smart but.. I don't know any big words or anything,” Joey tells friend Ross, who promptly introduces Joey to the thesaurus. Suddenly, Joey’s sentence -- “They’re warm, nice people with big hearts” -- turns into this:
"They're humid, pre-possessing homosapiens with full-sized aortic pumps."
When we struggle to write something very important, we often ask for advice. And sometimes, in incorporating the suggested words of others, we lose our voice. We lose what makes us, well, us.
It’s never more important to retain your own voice than in the essay you write as part of your application to college or grad school. There are many trusted people students can turn to -- parents, teachers, school counselors -- for advice, but if too many people weigh in, the message becomes theirs and not the student’s.
The essay task seems daunting and dreadful. But with preparation, thought and the help of one trusted adviser, a student can write an essay that will convey to a college the unique talents, personality, experiences or goals that he or she would bring to a campus. In their essays, students should let themselves shine through. Use humor. Be conversational. Look deep into themselves. Share simple things that have made them who they are. Be authentic and genuine. An essay that contains these elements will stand out to the readers.
PRigital Solutions offers essay counseling, editing and proofreading services. PRigital won’t write a student’s essay, but we will discuss the themes and thoughts the submission should include. We will read the first draft and offer feedback, then review subsequent drafts until the end product is ready for proofreading.
For more information, check out our Prigital for Students page. The deadline to submit applications will be here soon. Good luck on your college journey.
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