Before you start writing your essay, make sure to read the following tips:
Start early, early, early. You don’t want to turn in your application last minute only to find out that the server crashed. Furthermore, starting early gives you time to carefully brainstorm topics and revise your essay. Make sure to leave ample time to make changes or in some cases, to scrap the whole essay and rewrite it again. Don't procrastinate!
Be authentic and unique. Write honestly about yourself and what you can offer to the school. Don't be afraid to use your own voice and bring personality to the essay. Is there an experience that has deeply affected you in the past or helped shape the person you are today? Allow admissions committee officers to see you as the special individual you are.
Be concise and keep it simple. Admissions officers are not impressed by ornate and pretentious speech. Don't make the mistake of using big words you are not familiar with. Additionally, short, concise, sentences are always preferable to long, wordy passages. The reader should be able to easily understand the point you are trying to get across, instead of being buried under long, complex sentences.
Avoid clichés and be specific. Clichés are overused and boring. Come up with fresh new exciting ways to describe and convey your ideas in your essay. To keep reader interest, be specific as possible in your descriptions and avoid generalizations.
Proofread. Make sure you reread your essay carefully to catch any mistakes and ensure it flows well. Have multiple people review your essay. By having others review your essay, you will receive valuable feedback and catch errors you may not have otherwise noticed.
Leave the reader with a lasting impression. End your essay strongly by bringing the main points of your essay together. Don't simply summarize the points but revisit them from a new perspective that adds depth to the reader's understanding. The conclusion is the last thing an admissions officer will read, so make it count!