Essays are really the heart of any application. Why? Because other than conducting an interview (fewer schools are requiring/recommending these), the essays are your primary means of “speaking” directly to the admissions committee.
With that in mind, here are a few pointers to keep in mind as you compose your essays:
1. Be aware of your communication style.
How you communicate is often more important than what you communicate. In other words, your tone needs to be positive but not pompous; conversational but not colloquial; thoughtful but not trivial.For example, your comments about yourself should be factual but not self-aggrandizing. It should not sound as though you are congratulating yourself, or think that you are superior to others. When discussing your accomplishments, it is always wise to start off by saying something like: “It was my privilege to” or “I consider it an honor to have. . .” or “It was very exciting and yet humbling when I. . .” Also, resist the temptation of being too colloquial. Do not use slang or sound like you are having drinks with your friends. This is a professional conversation. It’s an “interview on paper.” Pretend you are sitting in front of the admissions committee and speaking to them. Be thoughtful in your comments – show that you spent time working on your essays – that you really mean business.