How To Start My College Essay: 5 Things To Remember


Your ability to craft a well thought out and articulate essay sets you apart from the rest of the academic crowd in college. Essays give you an opportunity to show your knowledge beyond that of correctly answering multiple-choice questions. You are able to expound on your thoughts and beliefs freely. A lot of tests in college require basic regurgitation of information, but this paper requires thought, care, personality, and skill. However, writing it does not have to be difficult. In fact, once you master the basics you are set. Simply follow these five steps for crafting your college essay, and watch the quality of your production increase with ease.

  1. Brainstorm
  2. Before you begin writing block out a time for brainstorming what you want to say and how you plan to articulate your points. Depending on your writing style this may be more difficult than you anticipated.

  3. Write your first draft
  4. Once you have taken the time to outline in your head exactly what you want to say and how you plan to say it, write your first draft. With your first draft do not worry so much about writing perfectly. Your main goal is to get everything on paper. Once you have your thoughts on paper, editing is a breeze. When writing students are often hung up by the urge to make every word perfect, and in doing so the writing process becomes much longer and more tedious than it needs to be. The first draft is all about saying what you need to say without worrying about whether everything flows perfectly.

  5. Section your essay
  6. With all of your thoughts of paper, begin to section your paper to ensure you have a clear introduction (one paragraph), body that explains your main points (several paragraphs), and conclusion that re-caps your main points briefly before closing (one paragraph). Read over the text and make sure your thoughts are clear and concise and each paragraph flows easily into the next.

  7. Proofread and edit
  8. Read your essay to check for typos, formatting problems, spelling and grammar etc. If you are writing the paper on the computer, it can be helpful to print it out and edit a hard copy as opposed to just reading the document on the computer. It’s also helpful to read your essay to another listening ear, if possible.

  9. Get feedback
  10. Some professors will read parts of your paper in advance to help with things like flow issues or thesis development. If your professor offers this, it is always helpful to take advantage. However, if they do not, find a friend you can trust and ask them to read over your paper to offer critic.