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09/04/2019

Does anyone know if universities will accept someone if they wrote a politically incorrect essay?

QUESTION
Does anyone know if universities will accept someone if they wrote a politically incorrect essay?
I have a High School teacher that hates me deeply. I once wrote an essay that said that pleasure is seeing someone else suffer. I was depressed at the time, so don’t know why.

And I’m scared the teacher might send that to a future Uni that I want to enter.

Should I be worried?

ANSWER
First off, be clear. It is your belief that your HS teacher hates you deeply. You have no idea what’s going on inside his/her head, what they really think of you. And remember that you’re perceptions are clouding the reality of the situation.

Second, a teacher cannot just send an essay you wrote to a university. Even if there was some mechanism for the university to accept a random essay (with 10’s of thousands of applications, universities have neither the time nor the resources to read random essays sent by students, parents, or teachers). Simply put, you will be judged on your application package – nothing more, nothing less.

Third, it’s unethical and probably illegal for him/her to send an essay to discourage your acceptance. If your teacher did this, the university would be obligated to inform you (assuming they had time to notice – see point #2); at which time you should let your teacher’s administrative oversight know exactly what happened.

Fourth, one of the benefits of living in a free society is that you get to write what you want without persecution. It’s called freedom of speech and it’s incredibly powerful. Unless you advocated violence against a unique individual, no one can legally take any action against you, which mean if you ever found out that your essay influenced you acceptance decision, you could bring charges against the university (though realistically, this would be impossible to prove).

In short, nothing will happen. So don’t worry.