It is so darn tempting to hire someone to write the perfect college essay! An English teacher, an educational consultant, a friend, a sibling who made it to a great school – anyone! Staring at a blank sheet of paper is no fun. Writing is a labor-intensive act that is simultaneously humbling because writing is difficult, challenging, and words do not always cooperate. How often we read our own writing and think, "God, this reads terrible!" Even famous authors are known to have shredded their works! Writing is an art, a science, a creative endeavor where the mind and heart must cooperate through the medium of words.
But if you think that asking someone else to write the perfect essay for you is a great idea, think again! Admissions Officers are no fools. They have read hundreds and hundreds of essays. They can sniff a good one from a bad one in their sleep. They can tell which essay the student wrote and which one the parent, the consultant, the teacher, the hired-pro wrote. They can tell. They just can. So a key question you must ask yourself is, "Do I want to come across as a fake or an authentic, honest college-aged student?"
This is not to say that you should not have your essay reviewed. This is an absolute must! A good editor can do wonders – shift a few words, change a few words, realign a few thoughts, assist with transitions, and walla! you have a beautiful essay!
But when you have someone else write your essay, that is another story. More on this in my next post.
Dr. Uma G. Gupta is CEO of Find My Edu Abroad (www.fmeaWorld.com)