The college essay is a work of literary nonfiction which incorporates literary devices and techniques to create factually accurate narratives. Essentially, it is fact-based storytelling.

College essay humor

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Focus on one story
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Include a resume or laundry list
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Describe through experience and show through detail
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Announce your achievements and understanding
of the world
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Write about something that does not appear anywhere else on your application
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Reiterate your accomplishments and activities
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Proofread for spelling and grammar
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Rely on spelling and grammar checks
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Write with consistent tone and tense
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Change course throughout your essay
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Write an amazing first sentence and hook your audience