Your goal in writing your college essays is to create a self-portrait that singles you out and places you ahead of your competition at your target schools. To accomplish this, your essays will need to be creative, thoughtful, and compelling. Below you will find four sample essays that serve as examples of college essay excellence. As you read them, there are a few key elements that you should take note of: the distinct individuality of each essay, the clear theme, the engaging opening, and the conclusion that ties the essay together, making it a complete, coherent unit. Each essay you read should make you feel like you've just met an interesting person that you'd like to hear more about, or meet, or in the case of the admissions committee, accept.


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