“Ask your parents, teachers, high school counselors or friends for their eyes and edits.” She recommends these individuals because they know the student better than anyone else, and they also want the student to succeed.“Take their constructive criticism in the spirit for which they intend - your benefit.” Proofread to the max.
Merrilyn Dunlap, interim director of Admissions at Clarion University of Pennsylvania, tells Thought Co, “I still remember reading an essay about why the orange flavored tic tac is the best tic tac to eat.” In addition, Dunlap says she likes to see essays on why a student chose a particular field of study because these types of essays tend to bring out the student’s emotions.
However, he says that students rarely select topics in these areas.
Cailin Papszycki, director of college admissions programs at Kaplan Test Prep agrees, and says the aim of the essay is to present the student as thoughtful and mature.
“When they write about something that they are passionate about, it is in their favor; they become real to us.” So, what types of topics should be avoided?
Schiller cautions against any subject that could portray the student negatively.