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Every college admissions officer has to read hundreds — sometimes even thousands — of prospective student essays each year. The real question every applicant finds him- or herself pondering is “how do I stand out to my admissions officer?” The solution to one of the biggest problems of our generation lies within itself: you are the answer. As cliché as it sounds, the easiest way to wow the admissions officer is to be yourself, and where better to find your raw self other than your diary? Many of the most honest college essays stem from realizations first recognized in diary entries; the following gives you a guide on how to transform a quality rant into a quality statement of self.

The first step is to pick your poison. By pick your poison, I mean find a passage that fits the prompt. This can be one of the most difficult parts because you’re being asked to choose the 500 best words you’ve ever written in a late-night diary entry that describes you. When chewing your eraser in the depths of your indecisiveness, you may want to ponder over days in your diary in which you have considered your future goals.

If an entry discusses your potential of becoming a doctor, volunteering overseas, or playing softball in college, that may be the passage. If none of these stick out to you or you’re not sure how you want your future to play out, then find a passage of inspiration. Maybe your reflection of a conversation you had with a homeless woman made you passionate about pursuing an education to help yourself and others. The key here is not to write about the grandest time in your life. Usually when your essay is humble, you sound more enlightened and well-rounded.

No matter which passage you pick, make sure you’re satisfied with how it’s representing you. Another factor that you may want to look out for is fitting exactly what the prompt is asking you. Sometimes diary entries are not the answer to “How do you compare apples and oranges?” from the University of Chicago’s application last year. The best prompt to utilize a diary entry for is the main statement of self or a prompt that asks about your future goals in college or a career. No matter which passage you pick, make sure you’re satisfied with how it’s representing you.

More times than not, diary entries are not winners of Nobel Peace Prizes without a little work. Typically, diary entries consist of ya knows, I means, and other phrases of colloquial speaking. Deleting or editing those would give your paper more of a professional edge. Ethnic phrases-usually in any other language-can be an asset to your paper though, giving it more style.

This relates to the next tip: watch out for referring to things common to you, but foreign to others. Referring to your best friend by first name won’t mean anything to the admissions officer without an explanation. Regional things such as stores or traditions also sometimes warrant an explanation. If anything in your entry may be confusing to an outside reader, be safe rather than sorry and offer a little background information. Detail gives the paper flavor. The final, most common errors to watch out for are grammatical mistakes. Have teachers, family, and friends proofread your paper multiple times. Even the most innocent mistakes can steal the awe from an amazing essay. Editing your paper not once, not twice, but at least three times is one of the only ways to be confident about your entry.

Transforming a monumental diary entry into a college essay is one of the most honest and easiest ways to beat the essay blues. You are gifting the admissions officer with a genuine piece of you from your own diary. The final draft may vary greatly from the original, but the most important part is that you are happy with what the essay ultimately says about you as a person.

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    Extracts from My Diary

    20th Sept.

    Our bus has reached Sanatan Dharam High School, Srinagar. The school is closed on account of Dussehra holidays. The peon points out to us the rooms that are at our disposal. We move our luggage to our respective rooms. We are eight boys and two teachers in our room. We roll out our beddings and have comfortable feel warm in quilts and aspire for tea. Tea and biscuits came up to ten 0’ clock and then go to sleep.

    21st Sept.

    We get up at 5 a.m., attend to the  call of nature, we take our bath in cold water which cuts into the body. We fell fresh and warm after the bath. Boys and teachers assemble in front of the school building. We move to a restaurant and take our breakfast. Our teacher in charge of the tour comes with a bus. We board the bus. We have a programmed to go to Gander bal. The bus moves on the road. We feel hilarious to see the apple and apricot gardens on nature. We seen a big rock of ice. We are told by a person there that some shots of Davender Goel’s picture Dosti were taken ther. We return to Srinagar take tea and snacks and go to Chashma Shani We appreciate the beauty of the gaudy flowers and return to the place of our stay in the evening.

    We enjoy our supper at a vegetarian hotel and are free to move about We acquaint ourselves with the various bazaars of the city.

    At night our teacher tell us about the various places that are to be visited during our stay in Kashmir.

    22nd Sept.

    We have our breakfast. Our bus take sus to a place where ponies are available to reach Gulmarge. It is my first experience to ride on a pony. I feel a bit nervous at the jerks, but soon adjust myself. We reach the destination in nearly two hours. We walk a distance of more than one mile to reach the mountain which has flakes of ice on it. We pick up the flakes and play with them. We return tour base place and our bus brings us back to Srinagar.

    23rd Sept.

    We are overzealous to see the Nishant and Shalimar gardens We reach the Nishnt gardens first. It is really a very beautiful garden. It reminds us of the Mugal emperors who were great lovers of gardens. We sit in the lawn and have group photographs. A party of visitor from Bombay joins us. We have very pleasant time. Shalimar gardens are only a bit different from Nishant gardens. The fragrance of flowers us.


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