Risky College Application Essays
As a guidance counselor in a small high school, I’d like to know how many schools incorporate ‘the college essay’ as part of their senior English curriculum. If so, does this make for a better batch of essays? Just curious.
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Many applications, especially those for law school and business school, ask students to explain some challenge they’ve overcome or even to discuss a failure in their lives. The best writers tend to handle this issue directly but creatively, discussing a challenge that doesn’t undermine their abilities or character and emphasizing positive lessons learned from the experience. An excellent example of how one writer handled this issue is in Chapter 4 of this handbook, within two essays written by a student in business. The writer frames his challenges within ultimately positive experiences—the completion of a 3500-mile bike trip and a successful team business project—so that he both answers the questions but keeps favorable attention on his accomplishments.
Suppose all the students applying to a certain college all had to sit down and write an essay within a certain hour on some list of topics the college proposed and only released at the beginning of the hour.