Anonymous asked: What would you say is the topics you want to read about in application essays?
It’s insane how many high schoolers are now blowing up this inbox. And we totally get it. The word is out. We hear guidance counselors are actually encouraging their kids to read this blog as a “What Not To Do” lesson.
The funny thing about the college essay is that there is no one-size-fits-all answer. You have to write about yourself. The honest you. Tell us something no one knows about you. Tell us something that is truly unique about you. And once you think you’ve found that unique thing, stop for a moment and ask yourself “How many other kids probably could say this about themselves?” If you have ONE SECOND of doubt, think of something else.
Do this: Is there something your family picks on you about? Every time you’re all sitting together, is there ever a moment where Mom cocks her head to the side and says “Oh, that’s SO <fill in your name>” or “You ALWAYS do that”? If you have one of those quirks, write us an essay about it. We want to know what makes you tick.
Don’t use gimmicks. Surprising and annoying are separated by a very thin line. We know we had an essay on here once written in green crayon, but if you read the content, it seemingly was interesting. We read to see if the green crayon was incorporated somehow (didn’t appear the gimmick was related to the content), but we could very easily have passed over this essay entirely had we already been in an annoyed state.
Don’t write about why you want to go to school at our university. We work here and mildly love it. And you did apply, so we can make the reasonable assumption you mildly love it too.
Last piece of advice - never use the given prompts unless you have to. Write what you want. It shows creativity.
PS: Please proofread your essays. In your question above, you should have asked “What would you say ARE the topics you want to read…”…. grammar goes a long way, amigo. Good luck!