Writing college essays is a tradition that predates final exams and frat parties. Professors assign essays to their students in the same way as they were assigned by their own professors in college.
So much about school, jobs, and culture, in general, has changed over the years that some people wonder if writing college essays is still a useful skill. Teachers and professors seem to delegate and rate them without much consideration at times. Plagiarism in various forms is becoming more popular, and students do not always make essay writing seriously.
Professors assign college essays for a variety of purposes, and you will develop some important real-world skills in the process.
Below are important life skills that you can learn by putting your best effort into your next college essay.
- Excellent Communication Skill
Good communication is the secret to success in your career and relationships. College essay writing allows you to practice the ability to articulate yourself while also expanding your vocabulary. If you’re writing a cover letter or trying to justify why you’re upset about something, you need to be able to articulate yourself clearly.
- Persuasion Techniques
We’ve all been in situations where we’ve needed to make a strong case for our point of view. Perhaps we want our coworkers to support a particular cause or political candidate. Perhaps we’re attempting to persuade others to hire us or give us a promotion. It’s normal in high-stakes persuasion to argue a point ineffectively based solely on personal opinion or emotion. Seeking facts to support a specific claim is a common task in college essay assignments. This is an excellent way to develop fact-based, logical arguments that are much more convincing than irrational ones.
- Demonstration of Learning
The job of a teacher is to see if you’ve mastered the learning objective for his or her class. Of course, there are other ways to describe learning than writing an essay. Showing mastery of a subject can be accomplished by a speech or a visual presentation. However, an essay is often the best way to demonstrate that you have a clear understanding of the subjects discussed in class and that you can articulate that understanding.
- Increases Knowledge
Do you recall those high school teachers who required you to write an “exit ticket” before leaving class? They did so for the same purpose you would write a to-do list of daily tasks: writing something down helps you remember it. Writing an essay on a subject in detail allows you to grasp its meaning in a way that reading a book or listening to a lecture cannot. You will also gain ownership and long-term recognition of that topic by writing about it.
- The ability to write clearly leads to the ability to think clearly.
You are more likely to absorb and remember information when you have to rephrase something you’ve read or heard in your own terms. The act of writing instills in you the habit of drawing conclusions based on a thorough examination. This ability will be useful in any career path you choose.