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Final polish before you submit

Fix what needs fixin’

This is

where you’ll put in that last bit of work until your essay is the way you want it. You’ll also make sure you haven’t broken anything as you’ve been working on your essay (happens to the best of us!)

Do this because

the final details of a finished, polished essay matter. This is your college essay, the most important piece of writing you may ever do in your life. It doesn’t have to be a masterpiece, and it doesn’t have to be perfect (we’re not even sure what that means). But, send in the best work you can do. That’s all they’re asking for.

Now, do this


Keep using the tools we’ve shared with you.


It’s that straightforward. Keep on:

  • Taking out what you don’t need.
  • Bringing it to life.
  • Making each word count.
  • Making it smooth start to finish.

We’ve given you all the tools you need:

  • Vonnegut your draft
  • Use fancy writer’s tricks
  • Eliminate sneaky, bloated stuff
  • Shrink your sentences
  • Grab your reader’s attention
  • Smoooooth transitions
  • End like a pro
  • Deal with the nitpicky stuff
  • Self-review your work

Use these until you think your essay is ready for the final check before you submit it.


Do the close walk-through again.

Do the full close walk-through again, focusing on any of the questions that you didn’t answer Yes to. This is where you want to answer yes to everything.

Remember, you’re seventeen. You’re not Hemingway or J.K. Rowling. You’re applying to college, not submitting a short story to a literary journal.

The most important thing is to submit an engaging, authentic short story that shows who you are. Use your best language and writing skills and don’t make avoidable mistakes. Do that and you’re good to go.


Get some more feedback or support.

Depending on how much work you had to do after the last, you may be ok with going straight to proofreading, or you may want to do another in-depth walkthrough with someone. If there were parts of your essay that needed significant work, that would be a good idea.



If you’re seriously stuck, get in touch.

If you’re really stuck, and the people supporting you can’t get you unstuck get in touch with us! We want you to write your best essay, and we also want to make this a better program. You can contact us here. [[[link/button/some way to contact us]]]

You're ready to move on when

  • You’ve done a self-review and answered yes to everything. It may not be an emphatic yes for everything but you’ve covered all the bases.

  • No, really, do not move on until you’ve done your best. That’s all. Just your best. You’ve come this far which means you’ve put more into your essay than 90% of students applying to college. The schools you’re applying to will notice that, and will appreciate it.