Stephen Gillers

College Application Essays Need Stories

If there is something important you wish to get across on your college essay, then it’s best to say it in the form of a story, a narrative essay.

This assertion confuses many for the simple reason narrative essay writing rarely is found in high school curricula: not in honor’s English classes, not in AP English Language, nor in AP English Literature. This is somewhat confounding since the Common Core State Standards, developed in 2010, cites the three essential types of essay writing, in order of importance, as argumentative, expository, and narrative.