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Writing a college application essay is no small task. Your essay is what gives you a voice in your application, and lets a college see who you are rather than just your grades and test scores. Due to this, you’ll want to take the time to craft your essay to make it as engaging and reflective of you as you can. To help you get started and guide you through the process, we talked to Dr. Robin Boren, consultant and owner of The College Doctor, LLC. Boren gives tips for all stages of writing your college application essay.

She covers essay topics, structure, endings, and resources you can utilize. Boren also gives insight into what college admissions officers are looking for when they read your essay. If you’re having trouble getting started or staying focused, check out our video below for help and inspiration.

See also: College Application Process: Tips for Parents