Writing essays in second person august 2010 edited august 2010 in college essays is writing narrative essays in second person discouraged post edited by lovelysunshine on august 2010 0. November 2005 edited november 2005 in college admissions see title i was trying to end the 3-essay set for the ucs in a different style so i played around and though that addressing the reader directly using 2nd person might be kind of cool.
Top ten mistakes students make when writing essays 1 inconsistent tense avoid using contractions such as don't, won't can't, isn't, and its instead, use do not, will not, cannot, is not, etc 7 second person avoid using the second person pronoun you in its place, use the pronoun one. Many times, high school students are told not to use first person (“i,” “we,” “my,” “us,” and so forth) in their essays as a college student, you should realize that this is a rule that can and should be broken—at the right time, of course. Among their most important unlearnings was to limit using third person pronouns (he, she, they, it), and start using the first person, i because college admissions people want to hear about you, you need to write in your own, unique voice.
Review some examples of writing in second person writing in the second person requires use of the pronouns you, your, and yours this point of view is used to address the audience in technical writing, advertising, songs and speeches 7th grade 8th grade 9th grade middle school high school college related could you pass a basic english. Students often arrive at college with strict lists of writing rules in mind often these are rather strict lists of absolutes, including rules both stated and unstated: each essay should have exactly five paragraphs don’t begin a sentence with “and” or “because” never include personal opinion never use “i” in essays.
Can i use second person you in a college personal statement i am writing my personal statement for college and the prompt is: describe the world you come from — for example, your family, community or school — and tell us how your world has shaped your dreams and aspirations. Writing from the second person point of view can weaken the effectiveness of the writing in research and argument papers using second person can make the work sound as if the writer is giving directions or offering advice to his or her readers, rather than informing or persuading them.
The second person, imperative voice can be very powerful in persuasive writing that aims to make the reader act or respond imagine a tv commercial: “you know you want a cheeseburger try the new super melt” it can also be helpful in an informal letter to a friend giving advice, making plans, or just telling a story.
Using first person in an academic essay: when is it okay a free, comprehensive, peer-reviewed, award-winning open text for students and faculty in college-level courses that require writing and research. Writing in the second person requires use of the pronouns you, your, and yours this point of view is used to address the audience in technical writing, advertising, songs and speeches it is different from the first person, which uses pronouns including i and me, and different from the third person, which uses pronouns such as he and she.