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Top 5 Reasons to Start Your Essays Early

By Beth Anne Spacht

June 29, 2018

Last updated July 21, 2020

Guest Post By: Erica Riesbeck, Senior Assistant Director of Admission

There’s no time like the present. The early bird catches the worm. Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today. Just do it.

We dole out advice frequently and exhaustively throughout the college search process. And I mean the collective We – teachers, counselors, admission professionals, classmates, friends, family, and strangers who find out that you are a high school senior. Whether helpful or not, offering advice is what we [Admission] do.

So here are our top 5 reasons to start working on your college essays early.

  1. You didn’t get your dream summer job and you have plenty of extra time.
  2. “Post updated – our deepest apologizes for the earlier typo” – US Department of Education (February 12, 2017)

    Please, please build in extra time for proofreading.

  3. Stress relief/parent relief.
  4. Bragging rights.
  5. Free tuition to the first admissible student who applies! Well, no, I’m just kidding. I can promise that we will review your application for merit scholarships if you apply by December 1.

Believe it or not, students spend the most time agonizing over the college essay. If you want to get a head start, here are the three options for the 2020-21 Richmond Question. Answer in 650 words or fewer; pick only one.

  1. What is an urgent global challenge or social justice topic, or racial justice issue about which you are passionate? What solutions or outcomes do you hope to see?
  2. By the time you graduate from college, there will be jobs that don’t exist today. Describe one of them and how Richmond might prepare you for it.
  3. You are required to spend the next year in either the past or the future. To what year would you travel and why?

Don’t delay, write today!

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Tom NicholasTom Nicholas
Associate Director of Admission 

A Richmond alumnus (Class of 2007), Tom has been working and blogging for the Office of Admission since he graduated. He loves his alma mater and the city that shares its name.

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Beth Anne SpachtBeth Anne Spacht
Senior Assistant Director of Admission

Beth Anne was a double major at Richmond (English and Latin American & Iberian Studies) and now enjoys helping prospective students discover the best of her alma mater.

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