admissions essays is not formulaic; the best essays will have the most
personal detail and passionate writing. However, if you are suffering from
severe writerís block and need help piecing together an effective essay,
we have provided generic templates for the most common types of essays. If
you stick strictly to these templates, you will end up with pretty awful
essays; they are solely intended to jumpstart your writing in its earliest
If you rely heavily on these templates in your final draft, you will write
one of the worst admissions essays possible. Use these templates only to get
your own creative juices flowing.
An Influential Person
The person who has had the
biggest influence in my life is _______. Because ______ was __________
he/she taught me __________ but also much about __________. I have been
close to _______ ever since I was _____ years old and we ______. I feel a
debt of gratitude to ________ for always being there for me through
__________ has always been my
role model. I have long admired his/her success in ________, _________,
__________, and the way he/she ________. My goal in life is to be just like
him/her, to get the most I can out of life. Because of ______ís strong
influence, I find _________ fascinating. I am always impressed that he/she
started __________ at my age and rose to be ____________ in just a few
years. _______ has supported my interest in ________, and was very proud of
me when I __________.
I also admire __________ís
devotion to ____________. This was ___________ and quickly became
_____________. This endeavor took up his/her life for ______________ until
he/she _____________ in __________. Since then, ______________ has
_____________ in part because of ___________ís efforts.
accomplishments have meant _________to me. __________ has been ___________
in my life, showing me that ___________ and ___________. I hope to inherit
his/her virtues and _____________ in order to make him/her proud.
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an Activity Outside of the Classroom
________ has been a crucial
part of my life ever since ________. Back in _________ when I started
___________ I never imagined that __________. _________ used to encourage
me/cheer me on/drive me back and forth as I practiced/continued to
__________. During this time I met ___________, learned ____________, and
became better at ______________.
The best part of ____________
is _________________ because ____________. Doing ____________ means
__________. The __________ team/group/club/organization introduced me to
__________. For most of my peers in _______, the goal was ____________. But
for me, my main objective was ____________. I will never forget the time
when I/we __________. This team/organization gave me the opportunity to
_________ and learn ___________, which has benefited me in ___________.
In addition to the
fun/competition/other, ___________ has confronted me with many challenges. I
am not naturally a good ___________. I am not ______, _________, or
_________. However, I discovered that in order to excel at ___________, I
needed to ________. As a result, I am known on my team/organization as
_________. Each day, I become stronger at ________ and _________.
Whether I continue _______ or
not, I know that I have already built strong __________ and skills in
___________. My experiences with ___________ have taught me lessons that I
can apply beyond ___________, and I will always have __________ for years to
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an Issue of Importance
During the last __________
years, I have devoted a significant amount of time to ___________, an issue
that is often _______________ because of ___________. In my quest to
____________, I faced many obstacles of my own such as ______________. But
after _____________, I realized that I could _________________ and
One reason why this issue is so
________ is that ___________. Most people do not realize that _____________.
Moreover, those who find themselves ___________ do not have
________________. With ___________ and ____________ people who/a society
that is _____________ has little chance to ___________.
In this difficult ___________,
I realized there were many _________________ who needed my ______________.
By _______________, I helped ___________ to _____________. Finally, in
___________, I reached a turning point when I ____________ with
______________ at _____________. At this time, I had the opportunity to
_______________. I helped with _____________ and ___________. I realized
that in order to _______________, I had to _______________ and
______________. I started by ____________ and ____________, which had the
affect of _____________ and ________________.
Since this time in
_____________, I/we have accomplished/managed to/seen ____________. Many
problems remain, such as ____________ and ______________. But with
____________ in mind, I know/our organization is prepared to/our society can
________________. My interest in __________ has taught me that I am
__________, that my group is ___________, and that society/our culture is
_______________. In the future, I would like to continue ____________ for
the sake of ______________ and hope to incorporate ___________ into my time
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