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College essays for University of Columbia, Yale, Stanford or any other school don’t have to be any set format. This is because the application needs to be pasted on the website and might lose the original format. However, the general way to write the application is to write in first-person and part tense. Also, don’t forget to make proper paragraphs and use the correct punctuation and grammar.
You can use a conversational and a very casual tone if desired, but just don’t forget to get off the track.