TIPS FOR WRITING THE COLLEGE ESSAY
In Their Words
We asked the admission staff to select some of their favorite essays from this year’s incoming students. We hope they will provide inspiration as you craft your stories.
Your words, your life.
Effective communication is critical in business. That’s why you’ll take courses in writing and public speaking as a Babson student and why the admission committee carefully considers essays as we review applications.
Reading your essays gives us insight into how you define yourself and how you will define yourself as a member of the Babson community. When you apply to Babson, you’ll be required to submit two essays—a Personal Statement and a Writing Supplement. Some of the most frequent questions about the application process we get from students are about the essays. While you are always welcome to contact us with these questions, we provided some tips to get you started.
Advice from the Admission Staff
Did you know that Babson has a Writing Center on campus? Staffed by professors and peer consultants, it offers a supportive environment to practice and refine your writing.
- "During the summer before your senior year, schedule time to write every essay prompted on the Common Application. This way, you won’t have to rush, you will have time to see what your favorite topic truly is, and the best essay you write may not be the easiest one to complete."
- "Rather than trying to come up with something unique and different, rely on your personal passions and experiences—often it will lead to a piece worthy of a good read!"
- "Keep it simple. My favorite essays have consistently been those essays that are about the seemingly most mundane and ordinary aspects of an applicant’s life—it is these topics that often showcase a student in the best light."
- "Don’t write what you think we want to hear, write about YOU—your passions, what excites you, life experiences that have shaped you into the young adult you’ve become."
- "Use the essays as an opportunity to share something about yourself that you may not have already shared in the rest of your application."
- "It’s all about the hook! A catchy opening line, when used properly, can do wonders for an essay, baiting the reader to hang on the edge of every sentence."
- "Don’t restrict yourself with the traditional three- or five-paragraph essay. This is a great opportunity to express yourself creatively and take some risks. Structure your essay in the way that you feel will best tell your story!"