The essay is a critical part of the college application. The essay conveys a sense of who you are separate from courses and grades, test scores, and other objective information. Applicants have only two opportunities to communicate their unique qualities, skills, experiences, interests, and character -- the personal interview and the personal essay. In both, you speak in your own voice.
Don't underestimate the persuasive power of the college essay. A strong, genuine, sincere college essay can make a difference in the entire application process, and can tip the scales in your favor when acceptance committees decide who will be a good fit for their school.
During the 11th grade, students have the opportunity to write college essays in their English classes. Students will work on several drafts of potential essays with the help of their teacher and classmates. It is the goal of the English Department that students finish eleventh grade with a solid draft (or final copy) of at least one college essay, to begin the senior year and the college application process with an acceptable essay in hand.
Also, check out “Writing Your College Essay” in the Career and Academic Reference Tool & Workbook for 11th & 12th Grade Students
that you will receive during your 11th