If you’re asked to write an essay, think of it as an opportunity to tell the college admissions committee who you are. Here are a few tips to help you write an outstanding college essay.  Be sure to follow the instructions with regards to length and subject matter.  Tell the reader something new—something that can’t be learned from your application or transcript.  Use concise, clear sentences, and be yourself. Write an essay that could only be written by you.  Write in detail about the impact or effect that an event has had on you. Instead of “I learned a lot from volunteering for Habitat for Humanity,” write “Seeing the gratitude in Mr. Jones eyes made a lasting impression on me. Never again will I take having a house to come home to for granted.”  Have at least two other people read your essay. Admissions officers read lots of essays. Take the time to write an essay that stands out. The College Essay