It is possible to work on the college essay over the summer without creating a stressful situation. Students should create a plan to understand what the essay is looking for by exploring resources like this article. Many colleges use the Common App, and they have released their essay prompts so students can begin to brainstorm topics to write about.
One element to highlight for students is to make sure to work with someone such as a teacher, relative, mentor, etc. who can provide you with feedback on your writing. Most essays go through numerous drafts, and getting the perspective of others can be enormously helpful. Another helpful option is to review the work of other students to get a sense of some of the unique ways students have chosen to express who they are. With support and resources, students can finish the summer with completed and compelling essays!