The reality is that most admissions officers are not looking for perfect applicants. They don’t need to see an essay that is stunningly brilliant, profound and full of sophisticated words. In 2015.
What should you not do in a college essay?
- Referring to your academic and extracurricular achievements is never a good idea.
- Never write about a topic in a novel.
- Don’t start with a preamble.
- Don’t end with a “happily ever after” conclusion.
- Not pontificate.
- Don’t retreat into your thoughts.
- Don’t hold back.
- It’s never a good idea to give tmi.
The great essays were few and far between when I was a faculty advisor to the admissions committee at Douglass College. There were a number of common pitfalls avoided by the successful essays.
There are things you should not write about in your college admissions essay. I learned how important it is to be kind to everyone. You stabbed me with a knife.
College essays should expose the real you, the complicated you, the person who makes mistakes, not the goody-two-shoes you think you are supposed to be. No stories are off limits, just tell them in a way that draws people into your experience, not a way that scares them away. Students sometimes show their essays to their teachers.
Before you know it, you have lost the heart of the essay, because each person has a different idea about what you should write. After showing their essay to everyone, students edit it again and again to make each reader happy, and before you know it, their story has been ground down and their voice has vanished. Sign up for self-paced courses and our award-winning StoryBuilder writing platform for free at story2.com/college for more info about college admission and scholarships.
Carol Barash is the founder and CEO of Story2, a community of over one million storytellers. Carol created the Moments Method® and built Story2 to empower people to share stories in safe, intersectional communities.
Do colleges really look at your essay?
Admissions officers usually read essays. Colleges don’t look at essays Some colleges will only look at your SAT/ACT scores. They may not feel the need for an essay if you have good test scores.
Can a bad college essay negatively affect my application?
If you start with a bad topic, you risk ruining the good impression that the rest of your application makes.
Can a good essay get you into college?
An essay won’t get you into college on its own. To varying degrees, your test scores, recommendations, and extracurriculars are what determines your acceptance into most universities. The year 2015;