College essay cliches

 

Posted by Ryan DeVito on 28 August 2018

The college essay is always a source of stress for high school seniors. If you avoid cliches, though, you can rest easy knowing that your essay will stand out to admissions counselors. Which cliches should you be avoiding?

Read this recent article. When writing your college essay, avoid rehashing those stories or lessons that every adult has heard and lied through. There are a host of topics that will be uninspiring for nearly every reader. Sports, community service, politics, religion, travel, injuries, and childhood anecdotes are just a handful of those topics that will bore most any admissions counselors. As an admissions counselor myself, I recommend using your essay to give me a sense of your personality and inspiration. Tell me about who you are, what makes you tick, and what makes you unique. The old "I play football, and it has taught me about teamwork" will only leave a bad taste in my mouth. Remember: the essay is sometimes my only insight into your character and how you would fit into my school's student body, so don't waste your opportunity to shine by writing on a generic topic.

What are you writing your college essay on? We would love to hear your comments below.

Comments

 
October 18 2016, 13:41
kelly
So how do you distinguish yourself from the sea of other applicants in your personal statement? It all starts with the right topic that simultaneously shows your ability to write well while painting a picture of who you are in a simple and authentic fashion. No doubt this is easier said than done. Before you begin brainstorming, make sure you know which college essay topics to avoid and why.

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