You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression. The first impression is a critical part of life, and they happen all the time. The first day at a new job, a soccer try-out, or an audition for the school play can go horribly wrong, or amazingly well depending on the impression you make. From the very first moment, you’re being evaluated, summed up, and profiled into an impression that becomes interchangeable with your name. Good or bad, they’re hard to shake.
For seniors, one of the biggest (and scariest) first impressions is happening right now. The Common App essay is the first impression that colleges get of you. You have 650 words to sell yourself to someone who knows nothing about you, maybe not even your name. Yet somewhere between the endless grammar checks and trivial synonym searches, there is an immaculately crafted piece of writing that paints an exquisite image of exactly who you are.