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Writing about getting a tattoo for college admissions essay

endrealeeendrealee 1 replies2 threads New Member
I got a couple tattoos this year (I'm 17) and I was wondering if I could/should write an essay about it and whether or not it would affect my college admissions if I wrote an essay about it.
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  • EmpireappleEmpireapple 1834 replies27 threads Senior Member
    Seriously? Someone else may think that if you do an amazing job as a writer it will be fabulous. I find it trite, trendy, and immature. I don't see how getting tattoos demonstrates that you are the person an AO cannot pass up for their campus community. Everywhere I look I see tattoos - nothing special there. Where I live getting a tattoo at 17 is also illegal. Not impressive.
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  • gardenstategalgardenstategal 5936 replies10 threads Senior Member
    It depends on your essay. Are you writing about why you did it? A subsequent understanding that it was "for life"? Getting a tattoo is hardly worthy of an essay but if you can use the story to reveal something about yourself that shows who you are, it could work.
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  • voyagermomvoyagermom 118 replies7 threads Junior Member
    Does the tattoo have significance and a story behind it? For example I have an aunt who got a tattoo of a pink breast cancer ribbon after her sister passed away and her daughter was diagnosed with breast cancer. So if she were to write about it, the essay would be about her relationships with these people, how breast cancer has impacted her life even though she's not the one who has/had it, and how the tattoo relates to that. Something like that I can see working. But just about a tattoo? Nope. And if you are in a state where it's illegal for your age, that is a concern as well.
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