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.
In general, it’s much easier to stand out on the basis of how you approach your topic than what you say.
The point of this exercise is twofold: These are all jumping off points for the essay.
They’ll get you started, but simply writing about these things alone isn’t enough.
More work needs to be done in order to craft an essay that makes you truly stand out.
To do that, you’ll first want to avoid making some common mistakes.
The two biggest mistakes that most students make when writing a college app essay are: Vagueness isn’t a problem unique to admissions essays.
It’s something all writers struggle with – including myself; I struggled with it while writing this very article. I believe the main cause of the problem is that there’s a disconnect between With all the knowledge you have of a topic, it can seem that a few simple sentences are enough to do it justice – but that’s rarely the case.
That said, you can set yourself up for success from the start by choosing a topic that lets you show your strengths.
Don’t pick a prompt just because you think answering it will make you sound “impressive.” This quote by former Stanford University Dean of Admissions Robin Mamlet focuses on course selection, but it applies perfectly to essays as well: it that matters.