If you ask me whether your college application essays should be written as a short story, as poem, or as long stream of consciousness, I would definitely say no. Of course there are always exceptions. However, in general, admission officers are reading your essay for college very fast. Moreover, when you are reading creative writing essay you should really follow the plot line.So let’s figure out the difference between creative writing and writing creatively. First of all, all students who are writing essay for college should try to add creativity in application essay.
Every essay will look nice with a nice turn of phrase, or literary device that employed deftly.
Furthermore, active verbs and descriptive adjectives are always in plays. But I want to warn you that using only a “creative writing” for your main application essay is very risky because two reasons. Firstly, it is very difficult to write and, secondly, it is very difficult to read.
Good creative writing takes great experience to write. Therefore, when you decide to write your main essay in the form of creative thinking your chance for success is very low but your chances for failure is very high. As it is very important essay, it’s not the time to take risk. Once I was in the scholarship selection commission and after the initial numerical cuts was made, and both achievements and resumes were estimated, and committee started reading the essays, one of the students took a risk and applied with creative story. It showed up from all other essays – which were all written well. This one was noticeable in a bad way because all the committee members had to read it slowly to understand what was going on there. Everyone had to be focused and then understand person’s intentions. As commission was under a strict deadline, no one liked that. Finally, the person was not selected.
Therefore, remember when someone is speeding through your essay and trying to understand you in the clearest and fastest way, you need to help them in every way. In your application essay you should be clear, concise, entertaining, and smart. Don’t be unclear, tricky, or complicated. It is not time and place for double meanings and complicated metaphors now.
I agree that you should take some sort of the risk in your writing style and there are a vast variety of forums and opportunities for you to realize, but always remember your target audience and purpose for what you are writing your essay. You are writing your application essay for overloaded speed readers who are spending really late nights with the aid of large boxes а Milk Duds and numerous cups of coffees. You should keep that in your mind and make your essay really good for all of these very important reasons. If you want to learn more about college read my next post about colleges ranking.