By Molly CrabappleAuthor Molly Crabappes her college essay guide to college essays, covering topics like how to craft a compelling narrative, the importance of writing about the people you meet, how to write about topics that are hard to understand, and how to avoid over-analyzing.
Crabapple has written a book on the subject called College Essay: Essay Writing for College Students and is currently working on a new book, titled College Essays for the 21st Century.
She has spoken at schools and universities across the country.
Crampapple says the main advice she has given her students is to write down what they think they want to say, rather than trying to find a way to say it.
“I think the biggest thing is to think outside the box, because if you try to figure out what’s important, then it’s almost like you’re creating a new narrative,” Crabapple said.
Crabs advice for writing a college essay is pretty simple:Be aware of the audience and the expectations you’re aiming forDon’t try to write a story that is unique to the topic you’re writing aboutBe aware that it’s difficult to make your writing sound as natural as possibleBe aware there are multiple ways to write an essayCrabappes advice is also applicable to how to use social media.
“You can’t just tweet, like, a few times and then it’ll be over,” Crabapp says.
“And there are so many things you can do to make it more organic and more natural to write and to be successful in the process.”
“It’s very hard to do it all the time,” she says.
She suggests that instead of just tweeting about college, she’d like to tweet about how her students are studying, what’s going on in their lives, and what they want from their college experience.
Crabapp also suggests writing about a specific subject or event you’re interested in.
“There’s a whole bunch of other ways to engage with your audience, and you can get a lot more organic content out of it,” she said.
“It might be something that’s really personal or it might be about your life and your life experiences,” Crabapps added.
“It’s all different and it’s all valuable.”
Crabapps advice is not meant to be an easy-to-understand guide, and it doesn’t cover every topic.
Crabapple says it’s important to remember that you’re not looking to write something that is going to make you famous.
“This is not about being a celebrity, this is about writing something that can be read and that people can take seriously and they can share,” she explains.
Crackupapher is a freshman majoring in political science at the University of Georgia.
She is a member of The Black Student Union and has written for The Daily Signal.
Follow her on Twitter: @CarmelCrab