Just as many high schoolers become nervous the prospect of taking their SAT, so too do many older teens and young adults sweat at the idea of crafting college entrance essays. Fortunately, there are somewhat formulaic, as are many writing assignments, and a few fantastic tips can be kept in mind to be used for success.
Whether the entrance essay is on a specific subject, or just regarding yourself personally, selling yourself to colleges will involve writing a paper that could not have been easily manufactured by just anyone. This does not mean it has to be difficult, but be sure that your references expand beyond the simply bounds of Wikipedia, and that you are using nuggets of information that provide a genuine insight not likely seen in other essay pieces.
Perhaps you do not even know how to properly frame a college entrance essay, and just need a foundational framework to work around. In that case, just keep this formula in mind: Introductory paragraph(s), elaborated subheadings, concluding paragraph(s). In chronological order, that is the basic idea behind any essay you will ever right. Depending on the word count that is called for, you may be able to get away with just five paragraphs; in fact, exactly as this article is formatted. Whatever the case may be, ensure that your thesis (the basic, one-sentence summary of the idea you are trying to communicate) is tucked into your opening and/or closing paragraph(s), and that your opening paragraph (or last opening paragraph, if you use multiple as needed) contains a preview into your points. These points, that support your thesis, will be found in the paragraphs to follow. Many free examples can be found online, or help can be given from friends who are great writers themselves, especially if they have recent experience in academic writing.
Even if you know your subject matter inside and out, and thoroughly understand the inherent formula of forming a college entrance essay, all your efforts will be in vain if you then proceed to make ignorant spelling, punctuation, grammatical, stylistic, and other errors. Do yourself a huge favor and re-read your essay multiple times, copy-edit thoroughly for basic mistakes, and have an objective second person, preferably one with an English-related background, check for further items that need correction.
Otherwise, though, that is the basic idea behind selling yourself to colleges and how to write excellent college entrance essays. Take comfort in the fact that countless millions of freshmen have managed to do it before you, and if you are able to read this article comfortably, then you have all the necessary tools at your own disposal as well.