Essays 300 Words Or Less

Moreover, adding “flavor” to the essays by elaborating on your personal connection with your chosen interests, and the unique contributions you have made to them are also critical to your candidacy. Remember that you do not have to win a Nobel Prize or cure cancer to engage your readers and make them feel that you will add to the excellence of the institution. Uniqueness is conveyed through personal anecdotes, narrated with a detailed voice.

 

If you are passionate about biomedical engineering, do not write, “I love the intersection between biology and engineering.” Everyone majoring in biomedical engineering also finds such overlap appealing. Instead, start the essay with an anecdote about how when you missed school because of a stomach flu, you spent the long hours in bed sketching designs of ingestible micro-machines that could disseminate antibiotics more efficiently than regular medicine, thinking of the pain it would spare you and millions of other people.

 

Not only is this specific anecdote a more appropriate way of conveying to the reader that biomedical engineering already permeates your life, it also implies that you are inventive and industrious with your time. This supplement is only 300 words, so using specific anecdotes like this with multiple layers of meaning is essential to saturating the space with as much content as possible.

 

Do not, however, treat this as a shorter Common Application essay. Ultimately, the emphasis is on your fit for Northwestern’s specific resources. You could begin by illustrating how you would bury your head in literature written by the likes of Kafka and Camus all weekend, then show up Monday morning before everyone else arrives at school for an advanced lab that aims to find a cure for Alzheimer’s, then transition to discussing how Northwestern’s Science in Human Culture Program is a perfect fit for you and your interdisciplinary mind.

 

Remember to talk about what you will actually do in the program; envision yourself there, already at Northwestern. What will your day look like? Which professors would you like to work with within the Science in Human Culture Program? What kind of scholarship or internship opportunities within the program will you take advantage of for your research proposal?

 

Again, specificity is key. Avoid making general statements such as: “Northwestern’s state-of-the-art theater program makes it the perfect school for me.” That answer is one that could be given by virtually anyone, even those who haven’t the slightest idea of what theater is. Generality connotes lack of interest, lack of research, and worst of all, lack of effort. So when writing this essay, ask yourself: What are the specific aspects of Northwestern University that sets it apart from all the other top 20 schools? What could I do at Northwestern that would be hard for me to do at other colleges?

A Quick Tutorial On How To Write 300 Word Essays


Three hundred word essays can be some of the most difficult papers to write because of the tight length constraint. These essays are often about a very specific topic and require a lot of thought. This essay is just over 600 words, so for reference, your essay would be half of this. Not very much space at all! Here is a basic tutorial on how to write a 300 word essay.

  1. If your topic is not given to you, brain storm and come up with something. A topic for a 300 word essay should be a very specific point that has a clear cut answer to your question. You really do not have space to use colorful language or go on tangents on things that are not necessary to proving your point. If you have your topic provided, write out your 3 or so main points and the “proof” for them so you can organize it into an outline. As annoying as making an outline can be it is really useful to keeping your essay concise.

  2. If time allows it is helpful to make a basic outline, or for new writers, try the detailed outline in section 4. A basic outline might look something like this for a 300 word essay.

    • Topic sentence
      • Supporting info A
        1. Back up support A
        2. Back up support A
      • Supporting info B
        1. Back up support B
        2. Back up support B
      • Supporting info C
        1. Back up support C
        2. Back up support C
    • Closing sentence

  3. Check your flow in your outline. Do the supporting ideas make sense in the order that they are in? Does the supporting information flow and make sense? If you think it needs to flow better, now is the time to fix it.

  4. Decide on your format. Your essay can be a traditional 3 paragraph essay or it could be 1 block of text. I generally suggest that you stick to the 3 paragraph essay format because it is nicely organized and easy to read, but since a 300 word essay is so short you actually can do it in one paragraph. If you aren’t sure what a 3 paragraph essay is I will outline it below. You can follow this more detailed outline if you like.

    • Opening Paragraph
      • Attention getter (An interesting idea that will draw the reader in)
      • Supporting sentence (connects attention getter to thesis/topic sentence)
      • Thesis (outlines what your essay is about and mentions your main points)
    • Body Paragraph
      • Topic sentence – outlines what the paragraph is about, more narrow than thesis. It serves as the transition from the opening paragraph to the body or “meat” of the essay.
      • Supporting info A
        1. Back up support A
        2. Back up support A
      • Supporting info B
        1. Back up support B
        2. Back up support B
      • Supporting info C
        1. Back up support C
        2. Back up support C
    • Closing Paragraph
      • Closing sentence, rewords your thesis sentence in a creative way to summarize your essay
      • Transition sentence between closing and final thoughts
      • Final thoughts on the subject. Do not add new information.

  5. Follow your outline. Fill in the details with the information you have and put your thoughts into sentences. A 300 word essay is usually 15-20 sentences, though it could be more or less than that depending on how wordy your sentences are.

It is not difficult to write 300 word essay as long as you keep it short and simple, keep on topic, and sound confident. These essays can be easy with practice and will serve as an important skill to have throughout your educational career as many teachers and professors will use them.

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