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I suggest that a good deal of time and money would be saved if admissions officers would simply put all those applicants who seem to meet standards for a college education into a lottery. That random choice is fair and is better than officers playing God as to who is fit to adorn their insitution,


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Ms. Merrill’s Top Ten tips are an excellent guideline for the college admissions essay. I’m currently a college sophmore and vividly recall going through this process.
One additional tip I would add is keep it lite. I think college admissions panels are tired of reading about how you spent your summer wielding a hammer for Habitat for Humanity or ladling soup in a homeless shelter.

I’m not cynical, just realistic.

the best thing you can do is try out a lot of ideas. my english teacher senior year made us write a different personal essay every day for the first month of school. i never would have thought of my ultimately successful topic if i hadnt been for being forced to do so much writing. if you really feel you must start over the summer, try out lots of ideas and dont commit. ask an english teacher or recent ivy grad for advice, your parents may not have the best sense of a relevant and not trite topic.

These tips, while a good guide, are confusing.

The point is — it’s important to be authentic. Being yourself in college essays is essential. But it’s your choice what you want to showcase in these opportunities. It’s your choice to showcase the right authentic part of you. So definitely listen to what these college admissions counselors are saying…but that doesn’t mean you should write about how you like to bully other girls. Get it?