Five College Essay Myths and Facts

How important is the college essay? Parents and students, find out during Wow Writing Workshop’s FREE  myths and facts sessions this month.

Wow will be running two 30-minute informational sessions on Tuesday, March 27, at the Metro Detroit National College Fair at Burton Manor (beginning at 9:45 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.), and and one session on Thursday, March 29, at the Huntington Woods Public Library (from 7 to 9 p.m.)

We’ll talk about prompts, voice, choosing a topic and how to stand out from the college-bound crowd. Bring paper and a pen, and come prepared to write. (You too, mom and dad!) Participants will receive a free eBook, Wow them With Your College Essay, which provides tips, advice and writing activities to help students master the college essay process.

Here’s a preview of our tips:

Myth 1: A college essay has to be written about an impressive topic.

Fact: The essay is a story you write about you. The story is most important.


Myth 2: Your essay should sound sophisticated, like Hemingway or a college professor.

Fact: It has to be written like you. You are a 17 year-old high school student, and you should sound like one. A smart one, but a student all the same.

Myth 3: There is a right way and a wrong way to write an essay.

Fact: Your best essay will grow out of the process of writing it.

Myth 4: Admissions officers will  never know if a parent, tutor or college coach has “helped” a student with the essay.

Fact: There is a fine line between helping and writing it for your student. Admissions officers can tell; parents and others often can’t.

Myth 5: Only superstar students will impress admissions officers with their essays.

Fact: Anyone can stand out.