College Essay Hooks

A lot of students writing their essays will try to talk about something that makes them seem impressive - but actually, zoning in for the “small” moments that have been meaningful to you showcases more of your positive qualities as an applicant, and better demonstrates who you are.

Please don’t open your essay with a really convoluted, philosophical, or critical outlook on the state of humankind, technology, or any other large-scale topics.

Sure, you want to seem intellectually curious and come across as a deep thinker, but it shouldn’t feel contrived. The college essay isn’t the time to try and prove your intellectual prowess - it’s a space for introspection and mature reflection.

If you only have 650 words to make your mark: don’t use a title!

It’s a waste of space that disrupts your essay’s formatting and seems uninformed.


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