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09/04/2019

Suggestions for college essays! Please Help!!?

QUESTION
Suggestions for college essays! Please Help!!?
Please give me some suggestions for what topics to choose that will fit each of these essays (listed below)!

Things I would like to write about:
I’m a very spiritual person, so I could write about my faith? Which essay topic would it fit best?
I like to research a lot on teenage depression/anxiety linked to eating disorders/self-mutilation, etc.
I also like to research on rehab & substance abuse. There have been problems of substance abuse & just abuse within my family/close friends and I could write about that & the problems they cause.
I could write about pushing myself really hard in school, I even obsess over my grades:/ I can’t decide if that would be portrayed as a bad or good thing!

**BUT, the only thing is**: ALL these things I’m listing are pretty controversial. Is it okay to write about them? What is too harsh to mention/go into depth about in college essays? Is it okay, if I will really be focused on the research for the subject, or is it still too risky?

Thanks SO much!

Topic A:
Write an essay in which you tell us about someone who has made an impact on your life and explain how and why this person is important to you.

Topic B:
Choose an issue of importance to you—the issue could be personal, school related, local, political, or international in scope—and write an essay in which you explain the significance of that issue to yourself, your family, your community, or your generation.

Topic C:
There may be personal information that you want considered as part of your admissions application. Write an essay describing that information. You might include exceptional hardships, challenges, or opportunities that have shaped or impacted your abilities or academic credentials, personal responsibilities, exceptional achievements or talents, educational goals, or ways in which you might contribute to an institution committed to creating a diverse learning environment.

ANSWER
Yes, these essay topics are risky. Here are my thoughts on each of the topics you have listed:

1. Faith – too risky; potentially divisive.
2. Teenage depression – this is a perfectly acceptable topic but talking about self-mutilation might not send the right message.
3. Rehab and substance abuse – risky, but a mature essay on this topic is acceptable.
4. Pushing hard at school – stay away from this topic. Admissions officers are looking for well-rounded candidates.

Remember that this is your opportunity to convey a personal message to the admissions committee. What do you want to say to them?

Good Luck!