What are the characteristics that make a great essay?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    College counselor Jerome A. Cole, MA discusses the characteristics that make up a great essay, including one that is well written, follows the directions, and gives some insight into you as a person.

    Speaker: What are the characteristics that make up a great essay?

    Jerome Cole: Well, the feedback that I get from colleges is pretty consistent. A great essay is one that is well written, that follows the instructions, it is supposed to be 500 words, so it is 500 words and one that talks about you, one that gives me some insight into who you are; what kind of a person you are; what you are going to bring to campus. I know you area good student because I have reviewed your transcript and it tells me who you are in terms of your academics. So, that question has been answered. I have seen your test scores; they reflect the fact that you are strong academically, but that does not tell me what kind of a person you are; that does not tell me what kind of a roommate you are going to be; what you are going to bring to the campus itself and to some extent what you are going to bring off campus. That essay, the well written essays, they speak to that; they give the reader some insight into what kind of person you are; what kind of roommate you are going to be; what you are going to bring to the campus and ultimately that is what the colleges are looking for in an essay.