The College Admissions Essay – Writing About the Right Things

Nothing creates more anxiety for college applicants than the dreaded college admissions essay. Students struggle to find compelling topics, and some purchase books with titles like “Essays that Get People Into the Ivy League.” They seek to show something special, enlightened and poetic, but in shooting for the stars, applicants usually shoot themselves in the foot. Picking a subject matter requires an understanding of two things: who you are, and how the admissions offices evaluate your information. Most students confuse these two issues, concluding that they should present themselves as near-perfect candidates. In pursuing a supposed ideal, they all try to be the same things, using words li

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