College Application Essays: Mistake # 6: Negativity is a bummer

The admission officer who is reading your essay is trying to get a sense of "you." He doesn't want to worry that you are going to either be the kid up on the clock tower with an automatic weapon or locked in your dorm room with a "Keep Out" sign on the door.

DON’T BE NEGATIVE

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College Application Essays: BUYER BEWARE!!!!!!

A quick rant while I wait for my medication to kick in.

“I can write. I went to a goodest college. I think I’ll be a college essay expert.”

Buyer Beware:

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College Application Essays: Mistake #3: Trying too hard to be creative

Students mistakenly view the essay as a creative writing exercise and proceed to produce pretentious pieces of prose void of true personality. “How My Life is Like the Phrases of the Moon.” “Why these essays are meaningless.” “How I am viewed through the eyes of my dog.”

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College Application Essays: Mistake #1: Writing about your academic accomplishments

Writing about academic accomplishments is a huge mistake

Deja Vu: These accomplishments are on the student’s transcripts. The admissions officer already knows your teen achieved high marks in twelve AP classes.

Birds of a feather flock together...

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