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Grandparents essay?

xo akhila oxxo akhila ox Registered User Posts: 501 Member
edited September 2005 in College Admissions
I have heard that its bad to write a college essay about your grandparents, and that its cliche, etc.

I wrote one and I really really like it! But now I am hearing that it's overused...so Im having doubts about it.

What do you think? Cliche?
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Replies to: Grandparents essay?

  • LadyinRedLadyinRed Registered User Posts: 1,237 Senior Member
    The challenge with topics like this is to make a non-cliche essay out of a cliche topic. What really matters is the presentation - the essay needs to be both well-written and attention-grabbing. Have people read it; if you find it's a good essay, go with it.
  • coureurcoureur Registered User Posts: 11,386 Senior Member
    It's the dead grandparent that is the usual cliche. Students sometimes search for some personal tragedy to write about. And for many 17 year olds the only significant tragedy they have ever experienced is the death of a grandparent.

    Unless you can come up with some truly unique angle or insight, I'd stay away from the dead grandparent essay.
  • xo akhila oxxo akhila ox Registered User Posts: 501 Member
    Mine isnt about a dead grandparent. I showed it to some people and even an admissions officer and they said it was good/not really cliche.

    Does anyone want to read it and give me feedback/help? thanks :D
  • bettinabettina Registered User Posts: 1,236 Senior Member
    If you got an answer then why keep asking? Go with your gut.
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