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4 Steps for Writing a Great College Admission Essay

The University of Massachusetts suggests ideas for essays on the Common Application website

Your college essay is something that you should not only be proud of, but also something that you genuinely want to showcase to college admissions offices. The writing piece itself should display your character, goals, and accomplishments. When I was going through the process of writing mine, I struggled because I didn’t think I had a story good enough to tell. However, after really thinking it over, I finally curated a body of words that I am extremely proud of. Here is how I wrote my college essay. 

Five Helpful Tips for your First Time Packing for College

Dormitories at the University of Massachusetts Amherst

Tips from Aaliyah, a junior Communication and English double major at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

I vividly remember my first time moving into UMass Amherst. I woke up bright and early on First Year Move-In Day, stuffed my small Elantra with anything and everything I could, and took off on my two-hour journey to UMass Amherst. I remember thinking everything was a dorm room essential.

Everything in Two Bags

A University of Massachusetts student on move-in day, holding a UMass athletics logo

Tips from Xenia, an international student at UMass.

Packing for college is a funny thing. Some people move out of their homes for good, some leave it only during the academic year. Either way, most people want to make sure they take what they can in order to make their new dorms and apartments feel like home. There are a million articles out there telling you how to decorate and transform the space, but what about choosing what to take with you? It’s not that easy, and for me, it was a process limited by more than simple choice. 

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