An Interactive Writing Tutorial

Welcome to Writing Essays, the RLF’s online guide to everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask about writing undergraduate essays.

The student applying for the Teach for America program, which recruits recent college graduates to teach for two years in underprivileged urban and rural public schools, knows that she must convince readers of her suitability to such a demanding commitment, and she has just two short essays with which to do so. She successfully achieves this through examples related to service mission work that she completed in Ecuador before entering college.

Carrie takes a risk in her essay. When you read advice about college admissions interviews , you’ll often be told to dress somewhat conservatively, get rid of the pink hair and remove all but the most innocuous piercings. The danger of looking too far out of the norm is that you may encounter an admissions officer who isn’t open-minded or who feels disturbed or uncomfortable with your appearance. While we don’t want to cater to people’s biases, we also don’t want to diminish our chances of getting into college.

A clean, beautiful, safe river often adds to a city’s property values, leads to increased tourism and revenue from those who come to take advantage of the river, and a better overall quality of life for residents. For these reasons, city government may decide to invest in improving riverside recreational facilities. However, this author’s argument is not likely significantly persuade the city goverment to allocate increased funding.

This is very helpful, thank you so much. I guess, however, I need more help, tons of help. I just can’t put my statement into words. I am thinking of ‘making universities give students majoring in English language an entrance test battery or simply an entrance or qualifying exam’ in major universities in my city. Is ‘making’ a huge word? Clearly, i need help.

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