Differences in the English Language
By Jack McDermott – Top Admit Consulting
When writing your admissions essay, you need to be concerned with a multitude of issues. You need to be dynamic, persuasive, and tell a story that makes you special. From the grammar standpoint, you need to use the English language accurately, correctly, and have transitions that make your writing fluid to show that you can succeed in a collegiate English-speaking academic environment. However, one of the few things that you really should not worry about, are minor differences in the use of the English language by people from different countries.
While the majority of students from Southeast Asia tend to apply to American colleges (partially because they are so numerous), an increasing number are applying to colleges in Britain, Ireland, Canada, and Australia. While these countries all speak “English,” there are some minor differences in word usage and spellings. Some students have written to Top Admit Consulting, worried about having their essays match “British English” or “Canadian English.” This really is not worth the effort, and may in fact, work against you.
A foreign student who focuses on trying to add “Canadian” words into their essay simply to apply to a Canadian school may make the essay seem inauthentic and contrived. Remember your uniqueness is partially due to the fact you come from a different part of the world and are familiar with different cultures and religions – not that you have mastered Canadian “slang and common phrases” used by native English-speaking people.