Would you like to know a fool-proof way to pick the perfect college essay topic for you?
I don’t know if this crazy, ultra-competitive, super-stressful bubble will burst anytime soon. In the meantime, you are in the middle of applying to colleges, and you want to put your best foot forward. The best way to do that is by writing an outstanding college essay. If you’re a competitive candidate, you’re also up against equally deserving competitive candidates.
The college essay is the only part of your application where you don’t have to be perfect on paper--you can let your guard down a bit and show that you’re a human being. That being said, this is the time to learn how to do this because you want to give this your best shot.
An applicant requested my answer to this question the other day:
"Most college admission counselors ask that you not write an admissions essay on things "you think they want to hear." What exactly do they not want to hear?"
I get this question often, and the answer stems from understanding why you are asked to submit an application essay or series to begin with.
Are you quirky, charismatic, adventurous, and introspective? Are you compassionate, positive, open-minded, and driven? Are you a leader, an activist, a team-spirit fanatic, and a good listener? Find a mix of what makes you unique and plan to insert different aspect of your personality into your supplemental essays.
Senioritis is the coined term that is loosely defined as the self-sabotaging disease that inflicts thousands of high school seniors across the country each year. Its symptoms often include a lackadaisical approach to school, the feeling of being overwhelmed with assignments and college applications, and a intense desire for the year to end that can tame even the students with a track record for being overzealous.