Carrie's essay approaches her topic seriously, but it also has a pleasing smattering of humor.
Being Goth isn’t just about physical appearance; it’s a way of life that includes not only individual tastes in music, literature, and popular culture, but also particular beliefs about philosophy, spirituality, and a range of other human issues.
To give just one example, I am planning to major in Environmental Studies, and while it might seem odd to picture a ghoulishly-dressed girl who adores the natural world, it was my Goth outlook that led me to this academic interest.
She weaves in enough details about her passions and accomplishments to debunk any knee-jerk assumptions a reader might make about a Goth.
The "share your story" essay prompt is wonderfully broad, and it can lead to a range of topics.