- I have seen some amazing essays about things like students walking their dog, or even their bus ride to school.
- I think our hope is that if a student were to drop the essay on the floor of their high school and someone were to pick it up. That they'd say for sure, oh I know that is so and so's essay, because it speaks so much about your voice and your experiences and your perspective.
And he wrote about how people were treating him as they went through the drive through. He called himself an undercover anthropologist, which admittedly was a little nerdy in a Brown sort of way.
But I liked his essay because, I was able to see what he was seeing and feel what he was feeling.
And the best way to be interesting is to avoid boring, overused answers that admissions officers will have read literally thousands of times.
Here are a few things to avoid writing about: Really, the success of your essay will come down not to what you write about, but how.This stuff matters…but it doesn’t make you special.This is especially important to note if you’re aiming to attend a very competitive school – everyone applying is going to have a high GPA, a laundry list of advanced classes, and will have been president of every student organization since the dawn of mankind. So treat a college application essay as a tool for standing out in ways the robots can’t.I think students get really caught up in thinking that this essay has to emcompass your entire life and it has to be groundbreaking and, you know, publishable quality.And that's a lot to ask of a high school student.- First and foremost when looking at an essay, you're going to be looking things like, their ability to write well and their appropriation for college.But we're also using that information to kind of see things like, their resilience and their love of learning and their intellectual curiosity.So I always advice students to stick to the simple things that you know.And the essays that stand out the most in my mind are about simple, simple things, very everyday topics.- I always tell a student, you know, if you had the chance to come meet with the admissions committee and present yourself in person, would you want to do it?And without fail students say, yeah I'd love to have that opportunity. They say because if they were able to get know the admissions committee, the admissions committee would want to admit because they would know them and they would get to know what their about and what makes them unique and special.