How do I END an Essay?

Ending your essay can often seem like the hardest part. Well, below are some sentence starters and advice to effectively end your essay:

  1. When I did __ it demonstrated __ about me, which will affect me in college because__.

  2. This experience will impact my college decisions because____.

  3. Being/Doing ____ has taught me ____. I am the kind of college student who will ___.

  4. I will take what I learned from _____ to the university by ___.

  5. This has inspired me to ___ while in college.

  6. Whether it be researching ___, participating in ___, or ____ I will continue to ___ in college.

*I’d choose two of these options for your final paragraph. Be as specific as possible.

Confidently envision what you will continue to do in college when you fill in the blanks. This isn’t just a random sentence you add at the end, it’s part of a larger reflection paragraph that meditates on what these skills have meant to you, your community, and then to your future at college.


  • (After an essay about the impact of being an older brother to a little sister):

  • Being an older brother has taught me patience, cooperation, and understanding. I am the kind of college student who will listen carefully to people’s arguments I disagree with, I will contribute my best work with group members on collaborative projects, and I will always ask clarifying questions of professors and classmates to seek clarity and understanding.

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