How to compose transfer essay for college admissions?
August 13, 2014 11:47 AM Subscribe
I just began my application for certain UCs and CSUs (hoping to matriculate Fall 2015). In particular I'm concerned about my essays. What resources do I have to help me revise the essays before I submit them? Are there any topics I should be sure to cover/avoid?
posted by miltthetank to Education (5 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Out of all the parts of the applications, this is the segment that I'm most concerned about (which I'm sure doesn't make me the most unique person). I did poorly in school last time (around seven years ago) and I'm not sure how much time I should spend on explaining why I did poorly vs what makes me excited to re-enter now.
Points I'm concerned about:
-I'm asked to describe my interest in my intended major and what experience I have in the subject. The first part is definitely doable but for the second, I have to admit that experience in my intended major (applied math) is scant. I'm taking advanced math classes at my CC and doing well, I certainly read a lot about math in my spare time, and I plan to attend grad school in the subject (along with all that entails - taking grad-level classes before I earn my BA/BS, doing research in the summer, etc) but it seems so informal compared to what they're asking about (student orgs, work experience, etc).
-There's a section on additional info where I'm planning on talking about why I did poorly in school the first time and what I've done to prepare myself this time around. I guess I don't know how to discuss these issues. I feel like I was pretty depressed in years 2-4 (regularly slept in until noon, had very self-critical thoughts, skipped class/HW all the time) but I was never officially diagnosed; does it sound like excuse-making if I mention it at all? And it was while seeing a therapist a few years later that I realized I wanted to go back to school; is it weird if I mention that?
-I've done very well in CC for the past year, taking a full course load while working full-time in a challenging position. Does this weigh in my favor? Does it adequately explain why I don't have any extracurriculars (not enough time to do any)?
Anyways my main question is, are there people who can help me out with this? Ideally free resources (would the writing lab on campus be appropriate to talk to? The transfer office?) but even people I would need to pay (e.g. private college admissions counselors) would be fine, as long as they know what they're doing! The applications aren't even due for a few months and I'm already feeling the anxiety build. I especially don't want to worry about this during the next semester because I'm taking some classes critical to my major and I want to compartmentalize the stress and focus on doing very well. I'm not looking for a guaranteed in (well, unless it exists!), I just want to know that I'm sending them the best essays I possibly could and not inadvertently shooting myself in the foot.