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The Essay

Many colleges require it as part of the admissions process...the essay. It may sound quite intimidating, especially if you have no idea what to write about! All that Luther's website says about the application essay is that "you can write a new one or submit something you’ve already written."

What are you supposed to write about, though? What do schools want to see in your essay? How long is it supposed to be? Those are just some of the things that you may be wondering about. Luckily, Luther's associate vice president and director of admissions, Derek Hartl, wrote a great piece over on the Inside College Admissions blog that answers those questions and more!

Luther was the first school that I applied to way back in the fall of 2015 (can't believe it's already been that long!). I was definitely a bit nervous about the essay part of the application. Since Luther was near the top of my list of schools, I felt like a lot was riding on the quality of my essay!

I remember that I did change my essay topic from what I was originally going to write about, and I actually ended up writing about my high school chemistry class. I'd say it was by far the most difficult class that I took in high school. I wrote about those aspects of the class and how much work I put into it. I went on to write about how I had eventually realized that the teacher was actually preparing us for college—and life, in general.

I wrote about how her high standards in chemistry class were preparing us for the even higher standards of college-level studies or future employment. (Even if we never opened another chemistry textbook, like me!). My finished essay was about two pages long—so it wasn't that extensive, but still thorough.

Looking back, what I said in my essay was so accurate. Chemistry was the hardest class that I took in high school, but compared to college? It was quite more manageable than 17 year old Amber thought. The pace and workload definitely prepared me for the academic rigor of college classes at Luther, though!

My final advice for the application essay? Write about something that you're passionate about, something that makes you think, something that makes you want to change the world... The possibilities are endless!

I can almost guarantee that being genuine will make for a better and more interesting essay than if you just write about something that you think colleges want/expect to read. Luther wants to learn more about YOU—and what you'll bring to campus that makes our community more unique.

Amber Sorenson

Amber Sorenson

Amber is a sophomore from Newton, Iowa. She is majoring in communication studies and minoring in anthropology and Nordic Studies. Along with blogging for Luther admissions, she also works for Media Relations. She plays alto saxophone in Varsity Band and is the crew captain for Love Your Melon. One of her favorite things about Luther is the strong sense of community. Next year, she'll be studying in Nottingham, England!

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Here's an excerpt from the beginning of my essay that I wrote for my application to Luther.
Here's another excerpt from my essay for my application to Luther. Who would've thought I'd learn so much about college and life in general, from high school chemistry class!
The essay must've been alright...here I am in 2015 with my acceptance letter from Luther! :)

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  • June 5 2018 at 11:11 am
    Jeffrey

    The possibilities are endless! Yeah,you really right. Excellent written. By the way, I recently found a great site about essays https://essays-express.com/

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