|Chapter 2: Tackling the Question
This guide is for the application essays (not the essays you will see on test day). Applications to most graduate schools require an in-depth description of why you want to study a given subject. These essays are often are given tremendous value by admissions committees.
Think of the essay as the face of your application. An application without an essay is a statisticjust another faceless person in a crowd. An application with a poorly written essay does not give admissions officers the chance to care about you. Use simple psychology: make them feel that they know you, and it will be harder for them to reject you. Make them know you AND LIKE YOU, and they might accept you despite your weakness in other areas. Understanding the importance of the essay is a necessary first step toward perfecting your application. If you are normally a procrastinator, you should understand that your success depends entirely on the amount of time and effort you put into the essay writing process. If all of this has you sweating, you can relax now. Taking this process seriously is the first step. This course will help you get through the other steps.
essay questions tend to be very broad and difficult to tackle.
Yet, it is imperative that you actually answer the question in
your essay. It should go without saying, but if your essay does
not address the question, then everything you learn in the rest
of this course is for naught.
While looking at your application, you are probably asking yourself: Why in the world are these admissions people asking me this question? What do they want me to write about? While there is no one answer to either of these questions, there is some reason behind the most popular questions posed by applications.
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