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Does your essay need a title?

EwEEwE Registered User Posts: 94 Junior Member
edited July 2009 in College Essays
On the common app, do you need to include a title on your essay? Would you recommend it?
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Replies to: Does your essay need a title?

  • WigwamWigwam Registered User Posts: 387 Member
    Yes, title your essay appropriately. I don't think you absolutely *need* it but it's recommended.
  • HellotoyouHellotoyou Registered User Posts: 9 New Member
    I'm not exactly sure on this one but in the essay books I've read none actually have a title. I would like to know too
  • college316college316 Registered User Posts: 283 Junior Member
    I put a short, simple title. Nothing fancy or over-the-top.
  • GammaGrozzaGammaGrozza Registered User Posts: 431 Member
    I didn't title mine. To be honest, I thought I'd be the only one to put in a title (guess I was wrong, apparently :)).

    Also, the essay is already titled for you, in a way. It's "Personal Essay/Statement/whatever." And what exactly are the benefits of a title, now that I look back on it? I don't know. I can only think of potential detriments: If your essay is better than your title, you made a bad title and are viewed as lazy and uncreative. If your title is better than your essay, you are viewed as one who doesn't live up to expectations or cannot sustain positive work. Maybe my logic is wrong here?
  • DSIDSI Registered User Posts: 280 Junior Member
    If you take the "cop out" option (i.e. usually the last option which allows you to write whatever you choose) you should definitely have either a title or a self-made prompt. (Separate your prompt from the essay; in MS Word just type 3 consecutive dashes and hit enter.) Otherwise a title is not necessary, particularly since most people will have some sort of a ridiculous "hook" as their intro a witty/corny title will be superfluous anyway.
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