5 Tips for Creating A Glowing Admissions Letter and Statement
The odds are you are concerned about getting into one of the colleges or universities of your choice. There are many areas to focus your attention upon, ranging from SAT preparation to grades to applications. Let’s take a look at a few of the factors you need to consider when writing your admissions letter and statement. As you will see, some of the considerations are less obvious than others, but all of the factors we will cover can have a major impact on your final product.
Tip One – Begin Your Work Well In Advance
Just as you should begin your work on college and university applications early, the same is true for working on your admissions letter and statement. Rushing rarely yields good results. Plus, it almost always ensures a sense of panic. Avoid all of this by starting your work in advance; you will be very glad you did!
Tip Two – Create an Outline
By beginning to work on your admissions letter and statement early, you will have time to do things like create an outline. In this part of the process, you will be forced to think about what you want to convey in very clear terms. Take your time to create your outline, and don’t be afraid to revise your outline at a later date after you’ve had time to think about it.
Tip Three – Don’t Be a Mind-Reader
When it comes to your admission letter and statement, don’t try to read the mind of a stranger. Instead create a letter and statement that is a reflection of you. If you want to be believable and sincere in your admissions letter and statement, then you shouldn’t try to figure out what others want to hear. After all, admissions officials see thousands of statements and letters over their careers, and they can sniff out a phony better than you might think. They’re older than you, but not necessarily brain dead!
Tip Four – Have Several Trusted People Read Over Your Work
You may be pretty confident that you have a great letter and statement, and you may be correct in your assessment. But you should have several different people, preferably of different ages and backgrounds, read your materials. By getting a wide range of viewpoints, you will gain perspectives and insights that may help you with your final draft.
Tip Five – Rewrite, Rework and Rethink
The time that you spend rewriting, reworking and rethinking your admissions letter and statement is likely to be time very well spent. Having time to gather input and feedback from other people is a valuable part of the process, as is sitting on your letter and statement aside for a few months, so that you can look at it with fresh eyes later. Of course, all of the tips that we’ve listed here can be done in a rush, but you will likely not achieve optimal results if you handle them in this fashion.