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5 Tips to Write a Great Boarding School Essay

One important aspect of the boarding school admission process is the essay. A part of most boarding school applications, the essay is your way to showcase your voice to the entire admission committee.

  1. Start early

Don’t wait until the last second to write your boarding school essay. Take the time to ponder the essay options given to you by your schools, and choose one that interests you and highlights you as a person. Give yourself time to write multiple drafts and maybe even change your topic if your first choice isn’t working the way you expected. Don’t rush this process, and involve your parents in making sure deadlines are met.


  1. Be genuine

Write about something that’s meaningful to you, not what you think the admission office wants to read. They want to get to know you, your writing style, and your voice. Your essay should be meaningful to you, and touch on something that you think is important, exciting, or something that has shaped who you are as a person.


  1. Introduce yourself and what makes you different

The admission committee will read hundreds of essays from boarding school applicants. Find a way to personalize your essay to you, your interests, and what makes you unique. Don’t just talk about the school, either; your admission committee knows the school already. What they don’t know, is who you are and why you are special.


  1. Show, don’t tell

Don’t just zip off facts in your boarding school essay; tell a story, share an experience, and give details. Describe a situation, what happened, who was with you, and how it affected you. Small details can make a big difference, and make your essay more interesting to read. Remember, your essay needs to stand out from the others being submitted. If you had to read 500 essays, think about what you might enjoy.  


  1. Proofread

You’re writing an essay for school admissions purposes, so make sure you take an academic approach. Structure your essay properly, with an introduction, body and conclusion, and make sure your ideas are well thought-out and integrated throughout the piece. A tip to help make sure your essay flows well? Read it out loud. If you stumble on your words that is a clue that you should take a second look at that sentence and paragraph; you might need to do a little rewrite. Don’t forget about spelling and grammar either; spell check your essay and get a parent or teacher to proofread.


Good luck writing your boarding school application essay!


Stacy Jagodowski

Written by Stacy Jagodowski

Ms. Jago joined the Cheshire Academy community in August 2013 as the director of strategic marketing and communications. Prior to coming to Cheshire Academy, she spent six years working in communications offices at both colleges and private school, as well as five years in admission at both boarding schools and day schools.

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