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How to Write a College Essay Paper: Things You Should Avoid


Your college essay is the first thing that colleges have that tells them about you.  You want to make sure that they don’t get the wrong idea about you before they even met you.  Some students make huge mistakes on what they put in their essay; here I will outline the points to avoid when writing your college essay.

Things You Should Avoid


  • Don’t offend the admission officer by stepping over the line about you views on something.  This includes politics, faith, race, and sexual orientation, to name a few.  If you go over the line they won’t take you serious and you will go to the bottom of the pile.
  • Another thing to avoid is political topics that might be controversial, just because you believe in something doesn’t mean the admission officer does or, even worse, they might have the opposite view on the subject.
  • Be positive in your essay, this means that you shouldn’t put something negative in it unless it pushed you into something positive.
  • Don’t but anything inappropriate about your personal life in it.  Stepping over the line with a story will most definitely put your application at the bottom of the list.
  • Keep in mind that this is a short essay and that you don’t want to put too much into the essay.  Don’t write a two page essay, when you are supposed to only write a few hundred words.
  • Don’t sound egotistic; don’t put others down in your essay. Only tell them about your strengths, not about who you beat out to get there.
  • Stay on point when you are writing the essay.  They usually ask you a question that you have to write about.  Make sure you answer that question with your essay.
  • Keep the word limit in mind as you are writing.  You want to stay around that limit and I don’t mean under.  If you go under the limit, that looks bad because most college believe that you need at least that much to write your essay and it will make you look lazy.
  • Make sure you don’t hand in a grammar and spelling error ridden essay.  This makes you look unprepared and that you are not able to write a simple essay.  Just in case you didn’t already know this, don’t use swear words in your essay either.
  • The last concept is pretty simple and some applicants have been guilty of it.  Make sure your spelling the schools name right.  For example, John Hopkins is not correct, Johns Hopkins is the name.

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