How to Make Your Mediocre Extracurricular Essay Better (in About 30 Minutes)
Here’s how to take your essay from “mediocre” to “better” in about 30 minutes:
1. Look at your essay, identify the values you gained through your extracurricular activity, and highlight them in bold.
2. Ask yourself: are these values predictable? Could someone who hasn’t read my essay, in other words, guess what lessons I learned from this activity without reading it?
• Example of predictable values for violin: discipline, commitment, hard work
• Example of unpredictable values for violin: privacy, risk, personal integrity
Isn’t that second set of values already a more interesting essay?
(Bonus tip: make sure all your values are clearly different. In example above, how are “discipline, commitment, and hard work” different?)
So how do you turn your predictable values into unpredictable ones?
Cut the predictable values, then use your beautiful, infinite imagination to come up with new, unpredictable values. Dig deep. Think about specific moments of difficulty. How’d you work through them? If it feels tangential at first, keep digging; you might strike gold
Why will this only take you 30 minutes?
Because you are smart and original and totally competent.