Write your college essay right now
No more procrastinating, everyone. Yes, it's summer and yes, all you want to do is go to the beach and get bronzed, but now is the perfect time to pool together your resources and write your common application essay. Across the board, education experts agree that writing these important personal statements at the last minute is a big no-no, and there's nothing worse than submitting a piece of writing that has grammar and spelling errors. Rather than waiting until the evening before your application is due, start brainstorming now. You'll thank yourself later.
Want to know why now is the best time to write your essay? Here's just a few reasons:
It's hot outside
You might think that the heat wave is the perfect excuse to go to the beach, lake or pool, but when temperatures soar above 100 degrees Fahrenheit, there are few people who will stray away from an air-conditioned room. Why not use that time indoors to write? There will be plenty of time to get to the beach once you have at least an outline prepared.
If you're starting school again this fall or are taking a few extended weekends from work to enjoy the weather, you can use the extra time to get thinking. With no outside obligations, you can focus all of your brain power on constructing a thought-provoking essay instead of one riddled with references to your school reading or math homework (Newton's law of gravity is not a metaphor for life. Just saying).
Room for rewrites
Don't write your essay once and send it off to colleges and universities without giving it extensive revisions and rewrites. Even the greatest authors of our time have cut out entire paragraphs, chapters and characters from their novels, and you may find yourself doing the same thing. Try to take at least a week or two to let your essay stew before tackling it again. If you wait until the last minute, you won't have the chance to truly polish your story.
Being in the beautiful outdoors throughout the summer provides you with ample opportunities to gain inspiration from your daily experiences, whether you're working at an internship or tackling a part-time job to help pay for your movie dates. Because your mind is open to new experiences and not bogged down by homework, it'll be easy for you to spark a flame that could become a firecracker of an essay.