Picking the Topic for Your College Essay

Post by Will Eichler • At 4:23 pm Wednesday, 11 December, 2019

Admissions Insight

The college essay is one of the most important aspects of your application. It is really the only part of your application that is more than a list or a collection of numbers. It is your chance to show an aspect of your personality that may not be seen through the extracurricular activities you put down or the grades you’ve earned. This is why it is so crucial that you choose an essay topic that allows you to show the best version of yourself.

The cliché “be yourself” is something that you will likely hear a great deal of when inquiring about what to do for your essay, but it is advice that we can confirm is true. The essay is a chance for you to truly be yourself. Who you are and your experiences are something that cannot be truly grasped without the addition of your voice, in the form of your writing. The topic that can best show this off is a time in your life when you experienced something that was truly difficult which resulted in some kind of personal growth in you. These sorts of experiences show that you are capable of growth, show a type of strength that is rare, and show that you can handle unfortunate circumstances with maturity and poise. 

Reflecting on a moment in your life that was truly painful and difficult to overcome is not an easy thing to do by any means, but by doing so, you are able to show the very growth you are writing about in your essay. The situation is going to be different for each person, but the thing tying each person together is that their experience is one that allowed them to build themselves up, even if they had to start from nothing but rubble.

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