They give the admissions committee a more personal understanding of you, and they can tip an admissions decision in your favor.
Imagine you were telling a friend a story about life as a pitcher on the baseball team.
You wouldn’t start with, “Often in life, we face difficult situations that ultimately benefit us.
Here are some sample grabbers from winning college essays: Don’t each of these sentences make you want to read more? Some of these sentences offer vivid details (the hefty blue book, the noxious chemicals, the old hands). You may also notice that, for the most part, these sentences are short.
This isn’t a necessity, but a short, intriguing opening sentence can be especially powerful.