College Application Essay: A Topic Mistake

College application essay mistakes are numerous. But this one can be turned into a big positive for the student.

It’s all about turning a negative into a positive. Instead of writing about a topic that admission readers prefer NOT to read, you can have someone else write about it.

For example, you experienced a tragedy, such as a death in the family.  That’s the negative.  So have a teacher write about it. Why? It looks like you transcended the tragedy and moved on with your life without trying to pull at the heart-strings of the reader.  That’s the positive.

This may appear cynical and callous, but admission readers have seen it all; their BS detector is fully engaged. The fact that you never brought up the tragedy makes your application look more objective and you more appealing.


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2 Responses to “College Application Essay: A Topic Mistake”

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  2. lagunawriter Says:

    This is great advice!

    I have several posts on how to pick winning topics, as well as which ones to avoid.

    If you want more ideas, tips, suggestions and inspiration on how to write compelling college admissions essays, check out my blog:

    Good luck!!

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