How to Write a Killer College Essay

By 09.02.2014 interact

You’ve probably been putting it off all semester, but you can’t procrastinate any longer — it’s time to write your college application essay. But do you know the real facts on how to make your essay stand out?

We talked to Monica DePriest, Senior Associate Dean of Admissions at Occidental College in Los Angeles. With eight years of college admissions experience and six years of high school counseling, DePriest was the perfect person to dole out great advice on writing a college essay.

We’ve compiled her words into a quiz below. Use it to test yourself on how well you can put together a compelling personal statement.


  1. Rachel B.

    I’ve been wondering what would make a good college essay! I’ve been dreaming of college my whole life and thanks to this, I know exactly how to get in!!

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