Awkward should have started that earlier #oopsiepoopsie
Awkward should have started that earlier #oopsiepoopsie
i’LL BE WRITING AN ARTICLE ON THE STRUGGLE SOON
Which would only cost me 55 bucks
Robotc programming took over my entire life, I literally skipped 3 classes to get the code for the robot’s claw done before competition
how do people on tumblr become so interesting that people actually willingly ask them about their life like i’ve been here for 3 years and i’m pretty sure half of you don’t even know my name
at least someone cares about your name
There are few things in life as calming(yet simultaneously stressful) as programming
Yeah, I like writing these types of advice articles for college so I’ll probably do some more in the late future. Anyway, I just finished writing all my writing supplements for all 21 of the schools I’m applying to do (god it was terrible.) But, on my quest to kiss ass I found a few peculiar things people tend to when trying to get them done and alot of them are just plain stupid. Let’s begin.
1. Posting your essay online
Ok, i’ve literally seen this on just about very advice website possible, from Collegeprowler.com to Yahoo Answers. Teens desperate for peer review posting their carefully written writing supplements on literally the worst medium possible. Regardless of what type of advice you receive (which probably isn’t going to be worth it considering the best and the brightest the world has to offer aren’t monitoring the inter-webs to help desperate kids in need of peer editing like some sort of vigilante) it’s just a bad idea. The reason is brutally simple, A LAZY TEEN WHO’S LOOKING UP THE SAME ESSAY PROMPT THAT YOU’RE DOING IS GOING TO SHAMELESSLY STEAL YOUR WORK. It isn’t much of a stretch to think about, and yet so many people do it and don’t realise they’re one copy and paste away from having all their hard-earned work go out the window. I mean when you offer up your work to the world the world will take, and imagine what an admission officer will do if you’re unlucky enough to find your essay in the same pile as the guy who ripped you off. The officer will have no way of knowing who actually wrote it first (and really won’t care) and toss both essays (and subsequently applications) into the garbage. Even if people only take snippets out of your essay or just copy your basic outline you’re still screwed in the pooch. The name of the game with college essays is to stand out to the officer, how will you do that if 20 (if you’re lucky) other essays pop up similar to yours. Sure, not everyone has the heart of a Disney-villain but honestly it isn’t worth the risk.
SO WHO DO I GO TO?
The answer to that is even simpler ANYONE NOT ONLINE. Heck take the easy root and give it to your english teachers, or even friends (as long as they’re applying elsewhere, since your essay will still have a subconscious impact on them)
2. Over researching your topic
Ok, there’s nothing wrong with doing a little bit of online searching when colleges pull that “Describe why you want to be apart of our school and how our specialty MSI-OLC program also please tell us what you like best about our RESEC-UJI joint research division and which RTI program matches your personality best”- it’s a dirty dirty trick colleges pull to suck away your time and it’s perfectly understandable that you need to quickly pull away to google to know exactly what the hell they’re talking about. Additionally, if you get a little stuck on what to write there’s no shame in a little shove in the right direction (though napping on it will prove more worthwhile.)
The problems are teens who go on google and over research every facet of the question and how best to respond to each question and the millions of websites out there who tell you themselves how “best to respond” and “how to hit the sweet spot” as if this is some sort of sick game and college admission officers have the same programming as call of duty enemies. They also love to tell you crap like “take risks with your writing” also telling you to “play it safe”. NO. The key (as I stated before) is too stand out and what stands out to any admissions counselor is a human writing to them. The beauty of most college essays is that they give colleges the opportunity to know YOU beyond the numerical values. if everyone relied on these dumb guides then there would be no point to college essays what-so-ever. In other words, you finally get this one opportunity to be yourself SO FUCKING TAKE IT.
3. Getting an Admission Essay Counselor
Ok, this one irks me far more than anything else on the planet. When people think they can literally pay their way out anything, from the SAT/ACT exams to even basic essays, people are willing to pay top dollar to gain an edge over their poorer peers; and it’s bullshit. Well here’s a hint it ISN’T going to work here. Ok, maybe for $500 your parents will fork over a counselor to practically write the essay for you but it certainly won’t from you. Also believe it or not, as corny as this crap sounds, you learn a little about yourself when you writing your essay. I sure know i did, plus you’re going to be missing out on a hell of an experience. Think of it this way, if I could write a essay that’s about myself then i’m sure you can too.
4. Stressing out
What do all these “Don’t do this dummy” tidbits of advice have in common? They all can trace their lineage back to stress. You feel wracked for time, you don’t feel good enough, you lose confidence and you make mistakes you wouldn’t usually make (like posting your essay online or forgetting the whole point of writing the essay in the first place). You will write your best work when your brain is most calm. So, how do you get this sense calm? Start Early. Trust me it pays off in every way possible. Without a due to day looming over you like a mugger with a pistol pointed at your skull, you’ll notice that thoughts roll easier and fresher. When I was writing my essays I started in the summer, sat down at the park, and let the ideas flow. The idea is that these essays should be fun, trust me colleges can tell if you were halfway commiting with an essay cause you had 8 more to write in a week.
And with that happy hunting