Purvi Mody

College Admission Counselor

- 15 years of experience helping students get into top universities around the country including Harvard, UC Berkley, UCLA, Stanford, and Brown
- UCLA, Stanford University
- Owner & managing direct

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Elements of Great Essays - What is all this talk about "Voice" and the College Essay

Purvi Mody
Purvi Mody

College Admission Counselor

- 15 years of experience helping students get into top universities around the country including Harvard, UC Berkley, UCLA, Stanford, and Brown
- UCLA, Stanford University
- Owner & managing direct

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Your essay should sound the way you talk. Not the way you talk with your friends, but the way that you would speak in a professional setting. It shouldn’t sound like an adult or like your parents wrote it. Making the essay sound like you will help to give it authenticity and connect the reader with your story. Your voice will give the essay character and brings in a unique perspective. Avoid trying to sound smart or funny. Many times, these attempts will fail. It’s better to be yourself and allow your natural intelligence and humor to shine. All of these elements will help to develop a strong voice in your college essay.

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