By Amara and Bushra Mir, Teen Ambassadors of the Co Lab’s Quality Education Hub

College essay writing 101: “Allow yourself to write badly.”

Yup, you heard that right! Writing college essays can be ok.


“Stick with” makes you “stand out” – you don’t have to write the most unique essay ever, just try to be genuine and show your interests and personality.

Write many drafts: “The importance of allowing yourself to write badly”, “murder your darlings” (helpful and engaging book if your local/school library has it: Write Your Way In by Rachel Toor).

Biggest tip, especially with writer’s block: just write and write anything! You never know if a random essay about hating a movie could turn into one you love.

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