B. if writing on an extracurricular activity, first Make a bullet point list of your content
TIP #5: Jot down answers to these three questions:
1. What have you done? Literally, what were your actual tasks? How did you/have you spent your time?
2. What did you learn?
TIP #6: Save discussing this until almost the end of the essay.
3. How will you continue this work?
TIP #7: Discuss specifically who you’d like to help and how.
C. Decide on a structure.
TIP #8: Use the Narrative Structure (tell a story), OR
TIP #9: Use the Montage Structure (jump around to different moments).
TIP #10: Before you begin, look at other supplemental essays you’re writing for other schools to see if there is another prompt you can also use this topic for and write your essay so that it answers BOTH prompts at the same time.
For example, one of the University of Texas essay prompts asks:
Describe a circumstance, obstacle or conflict in your life, and the skills and resources you used to resolve it. Did it change you? If so, how?
It’s possible to write an essay that answers both this prompt AND UC prompt #5 at the same time, since they’re basically the same. But guess what? You could double this with almost ANY of the prompts above (look at UC prompt #7 for example) and write an essay that both describes a conflict in your life AND involved you making your community a better place. And you know what? Both essays will be better for it.
D: Write a draft
That’s right. Just begin.
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