What exactly happens to turn a college essay terrible?Just as great personal statements combine an unexpected topic with superb execution, flawed personal statements compound problematic subject matter with poor execution.And knowing where appropriate boundaries are will be key for living on your own with a bunch of people not related to you.
This can show admissions officers that you're either someone who simply blows off directions and instructions or someone who can't understand how to follow them.
Neither is a good thing, since they are looking for people who are open to receiving new information from professors and not just deciding they know everything already.
Some bad topics show admissions officers that you don’t have a good sense of judgment or maturity, which is a problem since they are building a class of college students who have to be able to handle independent life on campus.
Other bad topics suggest that you are a boring person, or someone who doesn’t process your experience in a colorful or lively way, which is a problem since colleges want to create a dynamic and engaged cohort of students.
One quick test for checking your privacy-breaking level: if it’s not something you’d tell a friendly stranger sitting next to you on the plane, maybe don’t tell it to the admissions office.
Generally speaking, leave past illegal or immoral actions out of your essay.
A common mistake that students make when tackling their college essays is to pick the wrong topics.
It's a huge turn off, for instance, when applicants write about their sports exploits or their pets. You might be the most amazing person on the planet, but nobody wants a recitation of the wonderful things you've done, the people you've encountered and the places you've visited.2. Do you know how many millions of teens have written about scoring the winning goal, basket or run?
The primary way to screw up a college essay is to flub what the essay is about or how you’ve decided to discuss a particular experience.
Badly chosen essay content can easily create an essay that is off-putting in one of a number of ways I’ll discuss in the next section.