Usually I’m princess positive in all things college essay, but I’ve been seeing a lot of really dumb mistakes lately--things you can easily avoid with a tiny bit of attention. Here are the 3 worst things you can do on your college essays and how to fix them.
Tell someone else’s story: You may be tempted to write about someone else: your mother or grandfather or a famous person whose quote inspires you and serves as the epigraph to your essay. Forget all of them! The #1 job of your college admission essays is to reveal your character. So find the moments in your own life that show who you really are--moments of change, growth or learning, or just everyday moments when you made a difference in the life of your community. The topic doesn’t need to be fancy or from a place faraway, but it needs to be your own, something that really happened to you. Want to see stories that inspired other students?