The college admissions process is a competitive and anxious affair, that many students put a lot of time and effort into. An application process that consists of a variety of essays about oneself, might appear to be simple and easy, as there are a variety of common themes and structures one might formulate upon. Yet, the ultimate goal is to separate yourself from others. Referring back to Kerry Dirks essay, rhetorical situation is arguably a key component in the application process in regards to essay writing. Each essay has a word limit and a topic question, and when brainstorming writing ideas, many students including myself look back on other successful college essays. I purchased a book full of diverse college essays, I then analyzed the tone, the layout of the essay, and the message perceived upon them. Also, when looking back on previous works, it is important to consider the rhetorical action; what does your overall writing tell the reader? When incorporating this thought process into my writing, I was able to tell a short story about my service to the community and then reflect upon it using an appropriate tone in order to convey a message of growth and value I gained from my work, and how I can apply such knowledge in a college environment. Looking back to Dirks elaboration of rhetorical location, this idea of audience ties in greatly to a college application. One must answer the question in proper tone, such as being enthusiastic and informed when talking about why you want to go to a school, as I did with USD. I wrote about certain statistics and values that intrigued me and the variety of opportunities given, all writing with an enlightened tone that I thought would represent my feelings towards the school the best. As one can see, the college admissions process lacks a sense of interpersonal recruitment. Saying this, college essays should have a unique outcome that make you different and attractable to a university, yet in order to accomplish this, rhetorical writing strategies must be considered and factored into the writing process.