How to pick up a good application essay thesis statement

Your thesis should always reflect the central message that you want to use in order to answer the prompt that you are given for your college admissions essay. It should also tell the reader what you're going to be speaking about in the rest of the essay.  The prompt and the thesis go hand in hand. The downfall of one, results in the downfall of the other.

The first step of having a good thesis statement is to pick a good topic.

If you read a topic and automatically get a rush of several different ideas of where to take the essay, then that's a good sign, and that probably means your gut is telling you to choose that topic. A strong thesis statement will answer what the prompt is asking for. It will also be the backbone of your entire essay.

Remember that this is supposed to be about why you’re a great fit for the college you’re applying for.

Talk yourself up, even in your thesis statement. Never lose sight of the fact that you’re basically selling your academic assets with this essay, and trying to make the school board think that they would be the ones losing out if they don’t accept you. Think about how the prompt you chose applies in your life. You are allowed to draft and redraft your essay as many times as you want. There is no limit to how much effort you put into this, as long as you remember your deadline. 

Each paragraph after your introduction should always tie in with your thesis statement.

Without that constant backbone in your admissions essay, the whole essay itself could fall apart easily and it may not impress the admissions staff of the college you're attempting to get into. Remember, you want to be formal while writing this essay, but don't lose focus on the fact that this is about you, it can be written in a formal tone and still be personal. If you're unsure about whether or not you're answering your topic correctly with your thesis, it's a good idea to talk it over with a parent or teacher or another respected adult who could assist you.

Take a step back from your essay if your thesis is giving you issues and really think about the topic at hand.

It's perfectly okay to rewrite your thesis if you think of a better way to phrase it. There will be a moment of clarity where everything will hit you and you'll be able to understand what the college wants out of this topic question after stepping back. If you don't get this moment of clarity, it's perfectly fine to attempt the other topic that was offered to you.

If you're still unsure how to develop your entire essay, or pin point a good example for your thesis that proves your topic, ask for help from your parents or someone that really knows you. It is perfectly okay to ask for help at any time. People are there to help you get into college. They want to see you succeed, not fail.