Sorry but this form will not work without cookies enabled. Please adjust your browser settings to enable cookies to continue. For more information on how to do this please see our.

  • Distinctly Different

    We offer a distinctly different option from other private schools in Boston, providing your child with the opportunity for a high level of academic success.

    Toddler Child plays

  • Globally Recognized Curricula

    Our combination of curricula is regarded as one of the finest in the world by leading colleges and universities.

    Year 10 in Spanish

  • Nurturing Risk In A Safe Environment

    We celebrate success and encourage risk taking, all within a safe and supportive environment where well-being comes first.

    Swiss Alps Expedition

  • Inspiring Every Child

    Our staff are dedicated to knowing every child well and adapting their approach to ensure all are successful.

    Year 3 Teacher

  • Join Our Community

    We are the school of choice for discerning parents who seek a genuine 21st century education for their children. Join us.

    British International School of Boston Lower School students at assembly

  • The BISB Bulldog Sports Teams

    Go Bulldogs!

    Soccer Teams

  • Tell Us About Your Child

    Every child is unique. Tell us about your child and we'll explain how we can help them be successful and happy.

    Toddler Parent

  • Inspiring Innovation

    We're bringing the national computer programming, Hour of Code, to our school.

    Coding lessons at the British International School of Boston

The Do's and Don'ts of Writing a College Essay

You've been doing community service since you were in middle school. You've studied hard and kept your grades high. And you've got some great recommendations from your most influential teachers. There's only one question left: what are you going to write for your college essay? Read on for some great tips to write an essay that will make you stand out from the pack.
  • Two teenage girls work on a computer

While writing a college essay is a very personal experience, there are some rules to follow to help ensure your essay is a great one. Read on for the "do's and don'ts" of the essay-writing process:

1. DO keep your focus narrow and personal.

Your essay must prove a single point. Your main idea should be clear and easily followed from beginning to end. Ask someone to read just your introduction, and then tell you what your essay is about. (Remember: this essay is about showing college admissions representatives who you are.)

2. DO back up what you say.

Develop your main idea with specific facts, events, quotations, examples and reasons.

Okay: "I like to be surrounded by people with a variety of backgrounds and interests."

Better: "In my elementary school, I worked on a book report with a student from Saudi Arabia, became best friends with a girl from Australia, and worked together in the classroom with students and teachers from dozens of nationalities."

3. DO give specifics.

Avoid cliched, generic and predictable writing by using vivid, specific details that SHOW (not tell) the reader the point you are trying to make.

Okay: "My family has supported me throughout my years in school, and I would not be the same person without them."

 Better: "Whether I was competing in a math competition, preparing to graduate from high school or simply playing on one of my many sports teams, my parents were never far. They attended every match, every meet, every competition and performance, leaving work early or missing it all together if it meant supporting my goals."

4. DON'T tell them what you think they want to hear.

Admissions officers read plenty of essays about the charms of their unversity. Remember: this essay is about YOU, not about THEM.

5. DON'T write a resume.

That's what the application is for. While it's perfectly acceptable (and encouraged) to talk about experiences or achievements that have shaped you, the college essay is not a place to share your GPA, your perfect SAT score or other information that is included elsewhere in the college application. Take the opportunity to share WHO YOU ARE, not just what you do.

6. DON'T use 50 words when five will do.

Eliminate uncessary words. Don't use language that is overly flowery, and don't feel like you have to just take up space.

Okay: "Over the years, it has been pointed out to me by my parents, teachers, and friends that I often think outside of the box and am willing to go my own way."

Better: "I am a creative thinker."

7. DON'T forget to proofread.

Typos, spelling and gramatical errors can make an otherwise flawless essay look unprofessional and messy, and can be interpreted as carelessness or simply bad writing. Don't rely on your computer's spell check, either- you, a teacher, a parent and even a friend should read your work before sending it off.

Related Links