Essays That Worked (Class of 2020) | JHU

Nothing can ruin a great piece of writing like a cliché; it sounds lazy and it can seem as though you're trying to make up for poor content. Look at any comparisons or analogies and avoid being corny or predictable. You want the person reading your college admissions essay to think you are smart, fresh, and creative; you don't want the reader rolling his or her eyes at an overused simile.

It's one of the most important components of your application—the essays
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DON’T say what you think the admissions office wants to hear.
So many students think that they “know” what colleges want from an applicant, and this can have a big influence over their essays. Students will abuse the thesaurus and write about strange topics in an effort to impress and stand out. Instead of writing what you think the admissions office wants to read, write about what you want them to know. Again, the essay is a great space to reveal something new about you, so stand out by being yourself and showing another side of you as a person or student.


Great Common Application Essays - College Confidential

There are thousands of great subjects for your college admission essay. But, learn few you should avoid to get a successful result.
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Advisors are replete with warnings not to underestimate the importance of your college application essays. But few offer specifics about how a great college application essay can increase your chance of admission. While it can be tempting to view your admissions essay as less important than other achievements that you worked very hard for, such as awards or high test scores, a great college application essay can help you stand apart from the crowd and gain admission to your ‘reach’ schools.