This is an issue for both native and non-native speakers of English: how can we be more concise and precise in our writing? In college applications and essays, word limits can be the bane of our ability to communicate. This article suggests 7 ways to cut words from your essays or statements, which can allow for more meaning communicated in fewer words. Let’s see if we can summarize it further to three points:
- Eliminate – adverbs, filler words like ‘actually’ or ‘basically’, and the common ‘very’, ‘that’, and ‘which’. These words can often be left out without changing the meaning you are trying to convey.
- Combine – Use apostrophes and hyphens to combine your words. It’s useful!
- Don’t narrate – Jump straight to the point without telling the reader what you are about to tell.
With these 3 tips in mind, I hope you’ll get started on writing more concise and pointed essays and personal statements! If you still need assistance on creating a powerful personal statement, feel free to contact an LMI advisor; we’re here to help you achieve more!