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Talking about death on a college application essay

tree18154tree18154 Registered User Posts: 9 New Member
edited January 2 in College Essays
I recently learned that talking about death is a major no-no when it comes to college applications which I am highly regretting. I talked about my grandpa's recent passing and how it involved a trip to a foreign country and how it brought me closer to my culture.

Would the culture part help outweigh the mistake or am I totally screwed?

Replies to: Talking about death on a college application essay

  • Leigh22Leigh22 Registered User Posts: 166 Junior Member
    The essay focuses on you and your journey - the fact that it was the death of your grandfather was the catalyst does not take way from it. I personally think your essay sounds interesting.
  • intparentintparent Registered User Posts: 35,790 Senior Member
    Now is not the time to worry about it. Your apps are in the hands of the admissions committee. This sounds like a bit of an overused topic, but not a disasterous misstep. I’d go have some ice cream and not worry about it.
  • tree18154tree18154 Registered User Posts: 9 New Member
    Yeah, that is true, just worried initially though because when I did some research I thought I really messed up. But seeing these responses definitely helps.
  • Rkitty1Rkitty1 Registered User Posts: 9 New Member
    As someone who helps others with personal scholarship/admissions essays for a living, there are no hard and fast rules about what you should focus on. (Though it is good to have a sense of cliche'd approaches.) Your becoming closer to your culture sounds like an important and relevant narrative.
  • jameshomiesjameshomies Registered User Posts: 33 Junior Member
    Sad stories are common, but if it's truly meaningful and impactful, it will work well. I would briefly describe the incident and focus on YOU and how you changed and how it shaped you
  • lostaccountlostaccount Registered User Posts: 5,020 Senior Member
    I'd guess that most essays go unread. They are the most time wasting aspect of the application process. Would be good if they only provided a way that students can add additional information to the already submitted material if they think it relevant.
  • intparentintparent Registered User Posts: 35,790 Senior Member
    Wow, I think that is completely untrue. Colleges read every part of your app.
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