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Is my essay topic a bad idea?

scong1scong1 Posts: 21Registered User New Member
edited November 2012 in College Essays
I wanted to talk about how I'm normally a quiet and reserved person, but how it taught me how important it is to reach out to others. I was going to write about my experience with going to a brand new church and not making any friends at one of their camping trips. And it wasn't until the very last day that a group of four people reached out to me and accepted me. I had to hold back my tears because throughout the trip I hadn't eaten for days so that people wouldn't stare at me in the dining hall and I had no roommates (while everyone else had 4-5). Although I had tried my best to be sociable, my attempts were futile since the entire congregation had already been friends since elementary school. So when I returned home, I tried my best to reach out to others who seemed to be in need of a friend.

Is this a bad idea? Even though this event REALLY impacted me, I feel like it might make me seem like someone who isn't outgoing or active. Thoughts? Criticisms?
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Replies to: Is my essay topic a bad idea?

  • upmasterupmaster Posts: 46Registered User Junior Member
    I'm wondering the same thing. I was almost going to focus on my shyness in an essay about speech team but decided against it.
    I think if you changed into an outgoing character in the end it can work
  • qialahqialah Posts: 1,713Registered User Senior Member
    Hard to say without reading it, but in concept it sounds fine. Focus on what you learned from the experience and how it changed you.
  • fauxmavenfauxmaven Posts: 1,593Registered User Senior Member
    I think you should seek help from a counselor at your school. Maybe you are depressed and don't know it.
  • scong1scong1 Posts: 21Registered User New Member
    Mm, I'm pretty sure I'm not depressed. It happened 3 years ago.
  • eCoachJeneCoachJen Posts: 307Registered User Member
    If you're going to write about this experience, I suggest you focus on how the kindness you received on last day of your trip made you a better person. Show specific examples of how you've grown from this. Focus on the positive and not negative.

    Hope it helps. Good luck, :)
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