College Essay Advice
Improve your essays, not just for college applications!
Essays, definitely a thing we all have heard about. Specially when we start worrying about getting in our dream college. Even more if we want to get into an Ivy League one! Now my friend, I am going to tell you, yes, you have to worry about it. Essays are a very important part of college applications. You're probably wondering why? Well, let me tell you a secret. Colleges not only look for grades, extracurriculars and knowledge. They also look for identity and personality. Most of the universities give you prompts, but other ones leave it to you. I have good news for you today! I am going to give you some advice on how to write a great essay and get in that college you have been dreaming of.
Keep your audience engaged
Many prompts come as questions, but they can also come as a description. You always have to keep the judges engaged in your story. When prompts come as questions, you do not need to answer them right away. Tell the background, the problem, the solution, how you felt, and at the end you answer the question. Also if you're talking about someone, don't tell who it is until the end. This will make them want to find out and continue reading. It is very important that you keep them engaged since the beginning, in the introduction is where they decide if it is worth it or not. Most importantly, if you're worth it or not. If you need to go over and over it, then do so. It will make your essay better. Every time we reread, we always find something to change!
Talking about rereading, start early. I totally advice that! If you are able to, start two months before. This will give plenty of time so you can make several drafts and reread. I recommend sending your drafts to family, friends and teachers, they would give you other thoughts that are not yours for the first time. This will help you answer the following questions: Is it interesting? Are the ideas logical? Is that me on a piece of paper? While rereading, put yourself in the admissions officer shoes, would you approve a student that turns in that essay? Make sure that you are not listing things or repeating things that you already said. That will just show lack of confidence and experiences.
I think everyone will give this advice, be unique. Admissions officers wan to see YOU, learn about YOU, why are YOU the best candidate? Get personal with it, that is not bad. Do not copy others stories, and by this, I do not mean copy and paste. I mean, if my friend wrote about how someone changed her life, do not do the same! (plus is very common). Everyone has a story worth telling. And it does not have to be a huge thing, you can keep it simple, but interesting. Probably this might be a little cliché or I do not know, but write with passion. Write about things you care, you are passionate about, your inspiration, demonstrate your values and principles, be yourself.
If the prompt is telling you to describe, it does not mean literally describe. I advise to use STAR method. STAR means: Situation, Task, Action and Result. You are not describing, but telling the whole story. And if it asks to describe a topic of interest, say why. Why did you choose that topic? And, What interests you about it? Here we cannot use STAR, unless there was a situation that got you into the topic. Always keep it real, passionate, interesting and mysterious. A little bonus, if the prompt is describing. Practice by writing an essay on something so simple like a glass, it is very simple but difficult at the same time.
Take a break
Last but not least, probably the most important, take a break. Always take breaks, go eat something, drink something, go even just to breathe! If writing an essay for a homework is already a pressure, imagine writing an essay for your college application! This will help you clear your mind, and if you are blank, new ideas will come to mind. In addition, if you stay too much time in front of a digital device it will damage your eyes. Probably not at the moment, but as time goes on, it will damage your vision. And you will spend two months writing! This also allows us to return to reality. When you get in too deep, you totally disconnect from everything else. So, it will help you keeping it real, since when you are writing totally forget about what is seriously going on at the moment.
Alright everyone, this was all for this mini article. I really hope you guys got something out of this. These are tips I have received from my teacher, and also I have found out about them on my own. I have not applied to college yet, but I am practicing for when I need to write my essay. I really hope you get in your dream college, you deserve it! It just needs determination, time and research. Do not forget that asking is not bad. I totally recommend asking teachers, they know best in this field. I leave you with a phrase: “A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself” -Oprah Winfrey.
Get accepted for your fav position!
Fill out an application and be successful!
Out there in the world, there are a lot of opportunities. But, these opportunities have steps to follow. For my experience (these past two and a half months) each of them require filling out an application. These applications are to know if you are a good fit for the role, and the organization. You want to answer all the questions perfect, but I'm sorry to break it to you, you can't. The recruiters don't want to see perfection, they want to see you. Sometimes bragging about yourself is not that bad. Your application needs to stand up from all of them, or be interesting. I have filled out lots of applications. I apply for every opportunity that catches my attention. I have been invited to interviews and I have been accepted, but I have been rejected as well.
Now with the pandemic going on, a lot of doors have opened. At least for me. And I'm so thankful for that, I am being successful. I started to get involved in things online, and all the positions required applications. Some others required prove of my previous work as well, but we are not getting into that too much. The most satisfying thing is when you get accepted or get invited to an interview. That means you filled out a great application. That part of the selection is crucial, you need to sell yourself there.
Today I am going to give you some tips to fill a successful application. I don't guarantee success every time you apply, but this will help you make it better.
That is it for today's mini article guys. I hope you liked it and that it was helpful. If you use one of these tips, or all of them and are accepted, DM and tell me. I'd be more than happy to know I helped! The tips are down below :)
Tip #1: Do Your Research
Research about the organization. Go through their socials, blog, initiative. Anything you can gather is good. You will have a better understanding of what they are doing and answer "Why us?" a better way.
Tip #2: Answer the "Any questions/comments/concerns?" Question
You need to let them know you are interested in them. So a question you can ask ia why they started the org. Or write down any questions you have. If have absolutely no idea what to write down, tell them you are excited to be part of their org and you are looking forward to working with them.
Tip #3: Read carefully throughout it
Even if it seems it is a lot to read, you don't want to miss anything. Read and make sure you are eligible for the position you are applying for. And look how time much time and commitment does it entails. Are you able to commit to that position? And are you able to commit to a team?
Tip #4: Take your time
Last but not least, take your time. Make sure you answer all the questions correctly. Think about your answers, you want to convince them. Show confidence and experience (even if you don't have any). When you are done read it again, and think "Would I hire this person?"
We need to talk...
Mental health among teenagers perhaps has never been more important. I feel like there is not too much talk about this topic. We do not need to be healthy just physically, but mentally also. Mental Health has always been stigmatized, which I find completely unacceptable. There are teens suffering from anxiety, depression, loss, etc. I'm very sure they do not know how to handle it, they do not even know they are suffering from that.
Many of these teenagers are afraid. They are afraid someone will think they are crazy, it will pass or simply no one will pay attention to them. Dealing with mental problems is not a thing to do alone. And you certainly not have to diagnosed yourself! Probably you are just having a bad day.
The most common mental illnesses in teens are:
• Generalized anxiety—Excessive worry about everyday matters.
• Social phobias—Severe feelings of self-consciousness and insecurity in social settings.
• Depression—Persistent feelings of sadness, anxiety, and/or emptiness.
Now, the treatment is not hard or difficult (does not mean you are super sick either, but there can be cases where it is serious). Normally you will probably only need counseling, which (sometimes) goes along with meds. But, a simple change of routine can help you, a simple talk with someone can help you. These things are preventable, do not wait for the last minute. It can end in suicidal thoughts or even worse.
I am going to give you some tips, so you can start caring for yourself. Now, this will not cure you if you are suffering a mental illness. It is simply to prevent one or keep it of worsening. These are super simple, but super fun!
– Make yourself a cup of your favorite beverage everyday.
– Listen to your favorite song every morning to start your day full of energy.
– Start journaling. Write down how you feel and how was your day.
– Look at yourself on the mirror and say positive things.
– Every night before going to bed, write down what you are grateful for what happened that day. It can be even just for drinking water. Extra: make a little star beside your favs.
– Do the things you like. If you stopped doing them, make time at least twice a week to do your chosen activity.
Since we are teenagers, we spend a lot of time in social media. So, I thought it might be a great idea to share with you guys some Instagram pages I like. They give some advice and inform about illnesses.
I hope you guys liked this little first article (of many more). Remember you are beautiful, you are loved, you are smart and so many other things! Hope to see you guys on my Instagram.
Educating others to spread more awareness to teen mental health.
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Why I started this?
Hey everyone! I'm Camila, I'm from Guatemala and I'm a high school senior. The idea for the website was born, because I volunteer and do a lot of extracurriculars. I care about my grades, volunteering, thinking out of the box. It all started to get into college. But now, I love to do it! I apply to every position I can, because I want to, not because I need to. And honestly it just feels great.
For all that I do, I always search tips and advice. I like things to look good and have great information. So, I decided to share my tips, advice and opportunities with the world.
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