Have you thought about writing your college essay yet? Is that the sound of laughter I hear?
I know, it’s April. It’s way too early to think about writing a college application essay. There’s school and classes and tests — enough stress in your life. But here’s something you can do to have less stress later:
Keep a journal.
- It’s quick
- It’s easy
- You can use it to get to know yourself
- Later it can help you come up with ideas for your college application essay
Colleges want to know who they’re accepting — not just from grades and test scores — but what kind of people they’re choosing. That’s what your essay will show — what makes you unique, why you’re interesting, what you can offer your school and community. Why they should choose you.
It’s a tall order. Most students have never written this kind of essay. That’s why a journal can help. It’s just like a diary if you’ve kept one. You can put anything in it. It doesn’t matter what. Even what you ate for dinner.
Make it fun. No stress. Just open a page or flip open your computer and away you go.
Put in your journal:
- Plans you’d like to make
- Descriptions of people, places, activities
- Funny things
- Small things
- Big things
- Surprising things
- Things that make you proud, sad, cautious, laugh…
Write on a notepad, on your computer, whatever’s easiest. Get to know yourself. Then, when you’re finally ready to begin, you won’t have to stare at a blank page wondering where to start. You’ll have a notebook full of inspiration.