24 The College Application Submit the most impressive college application possible! Applications and Essays Make sure the information on your application is complete and accurate, and that all of your achievements, activities, and awards are included. If you've written a personal statement or essay, ask a parent or teacher to read it over. An essay should not include information that can be found on your application or transcript. Instead, an essay should offer insight into who you are and what makes you unique. Think of it as an opportunity to share your dreams and passions, talk about an obstacle you’ve overcome, or show how an event has helped shape who you are.Admissions officers read lots of essays. To stand out, your essay must be well written and original. Recommendations Many applications require a letter of recommendation from a counselor or teacher. The person writing the recommendation needs to know: 1) what information should be included; 2) when it needs to be completed; 3) what to do with it once it’s written. Anyone asked to write a recommendation will welcome written informationwithregardstoyourstrengths,interests,talents,lead- ership skills, and future plans. They should also be given a copy of your “Activities Record” or resume. Even if an application does not require a recommendation, you can still include one. If there’s information you want an admissions officer to take into consideration, attach a short essay or letter to the application. Deadlines Make sure all materials are submitted well before the deadline. Many colleges will not consider an application that’s submitted after their deadline.