Essay • December 27, 2010
The term college essay itself is confusing. The academic fraternity and essay writing websites have innumerable and diverse interpretations of the term. Some people view it as admissions or entrance essays. Some think of college essays as essays written during college coursework. In the absence of let us think of college essays as essays written during college coursework.
In my opinion there can be no such thing as the “best college essay”. Let us see why? When one talks of “best” there is a contest involved. In this context the contestants are students from the same class or department. The judge is the faculty. What one competes for is related to a particular subject. Introduce other parameters like time, matters become more complex. One teacher in a college may ignore an essay perceived as the best by another teacher in the same college. The interplay of the variables is unpredictable.
Hence let us limit the scope of the term “best college essay” to a college essay, which can probably earn the maximum marks in a given batch of essays. This post does not consider doctoral thesis, particularly in science or professional courses, which can go for international evaluation.
I am not going to repeat the general attributes of a good college essay or academic paper. It is also not my intention to dwell at length on the techniques and nuances of the essay writing process. There is a surfeit of resources regarding all these matters in this very blog. Many shy away from certain apparent areas, which most of you are aware of. Let us look into each one of them.
Written by Anna Wippich
I am literally obsessed with environmental studies! I work part-time as a volunteer, trying to make our world a bit better and safer place. But my major occupation is writing on environmental studies. I like to help students research new topics, bring fresh ideas, and raise their awareness on ecological matters.
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