Class Struggle: how not to write a college essay


Posted at 10:00 PM ET, 06/30/2010

How NOT to write a college application essay

Let’s dispense quickly with the basics of writing how not to write a college application essay. The first rule is, do not dwell on your good grades, top scores, club presidencies and other triumphs. The essay is supposed to reveal something the college admissions people have not already learned from the rest of your application. If all you do in your essay is talk about what a star you are, you will be rejected, because no one wants to inflict such a bore on an unsuspecting freshman-year roommate.

By Jay Mathews  |  10:00 PM ET, 06/30/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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