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09/04/2019

What should I write my college essay on?

QUESTION
What should I write my college essay on?
I race race cars, and I was also adopted and met my birth family.
My college advisor said to use both but isn’t that a little too much?
What do you think?

ANSWER
You have two potential topics here that are both interesting and different from the usual essays about sports, grandparents, volunteering with the church youth group, founding a club, etc. If you can write an interesting essay about racing cars, I think you should use that one. It’s an unusual interest as well as an unusual thing to be doing at your age. The schools you’re applying to won’t have any other essays like it, so it will really make your application stand out. You have the ability to bring an unusual perspective to campus and that’s what all the schools are looking for.