Why Your College Application Essay is So Bad - YouTube

College essays can play a vital role in college admissions. Often times, it is the only way a student can get his or her voice heard. The application itself provides the biographical information: class rank, SAT scores, class choices, and community service. But the essay lets the student really speak to the admissions officials who will be deciding his or her fate at that college. Essays are getting more and more complicated too. Aside from asking about influential people and issues, some of them now ask students to describe uses for kitchen gadgets, discuss fictional characters, or compare Plato to Playdoh. A student who chooses a bad topic to write about can get rejected from a top college. Some topics are just too controversial, complicated, or just to “wrong” to write about during this critical stage. Here are 6 examples of topics NOT to write about:

These are some bad college application essay #FAILs waiting to happen.
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The college application process notoriously strikes fear into the hearts of high school students and their parents each fall, but does it have to? , college admissions counselor at The Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, says no — and one key to keeping your sanity might be finding a way to wade through the process without falling prey to bad advice.

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While it's important to be thoughtful and mature, you don't want your college application essay to be too heavy. Try to lighten up the essay with a clever metaphor, a well-placed witticism, or a little self-deprecating humor. But don't overdo it. The essay that is filled with bad puns or off-color jokes will often end up in the rejection pile. Also, humor isn't a substitute for substance. Your primary task is to answer the essay prompt thoughtfully; the smile you bring to your reader's lips is just a bonus (and a tear can sometimes be effective too). Many students have been rejected for failing to take the prompt seriously and writing essays that end up being more foolish than clever.