Storytelling Essentials for Your College / Graduate Application Essays [Ep. 7]Oct 23, 2019
Application essays are a crucial part of the admissions process, and effective essays essentially come down to good storytelling.
Your goal as the protagonist of your own story is to become a hero that admissions officers want to root for, says Michael Noltemeyer, founder of North Star Editing and guest on this episode of The Dominate Test Prep Podcast:
During our wide-ranging conversation, Micheal sheds light on just how to become that hero while sharing examples of successful essays from his 10+ years as a professional editor.
Specifically, in this episode you will learn:
- The Japanese concept of Ikigai for finding your life's purpose, and how that's what you're shooting for on your application essays as well;
- How writing an application essay is like a "choose your own adventure" story in reverse, and how that understanding should influence the aim of your essays;
- What not to do in your essays (hint: you're probably not as clever as you think you are);
- The key to finding the story inside yourself that only you can tell;
- How to structure your essays;
- The difference between a "Statement of Purpose" and "Personal Statement" and what to include in each;
- A simple test to determine whether the story you want to tell will resonate with the reader;
- How one student turned a Pokémon obsession into a great essay topic, and how you can write an equally meaningful essay around your passions;
- Parting advice based on the wisdom of Mark Twain;
- And more!
A polished essays takes time, so be sure to heed Michael's advice and get started early.
Here's the quote we began the episode with:
"Who are we but the stories we tell ourselves, about ourselves, and believe?" -- Scott Turow
Here are the websites and other resources referenced in this episode:
- Michael's blog post: "You're Doing it Wrong: The 3 Biggest Mistakes You're Probably Making in Your Application Essays"
- Contact Michael at North Star Editing: https://www.northstarediting.com
- Save 10% off any of Michael's editing packages by using this coupon code at checkout: DOMINATE
- ReadTheory.org for extra reading comprehension practice
- Official GRE Verbal Reasoning Practice Questions
- Contact Brett at Dominate Test Prep: https://www.dominatetestprep.com/pages/contact-us
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