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Please help with essay topic ideas !

celia31celia31 0 replies1 threadsRegistered User New Member
edited September 9 in College Essays
I don’t know how personal is too personal, or what is too overused. My dream schools are Barnard and UW, for reference. Here are some rough ideas I’ve tossed around!

-growing up with a functioning alcoholic father and how it’s shaped me/what I’ve learned/perspective on life

-dance and what it’s given me/ups and downs with hip fracture/recognition at a national level/disappointments/discipline

-death of my grandma when I was 10 and how it affected me

-achieving perfect attendance in 5th grade/only one in school/relate it back to determination in school and dance
edited September 9
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  • DhhhhhhhDhhhhhhh 19 replies1 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    are you thinking about applying ED to barnard?
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  • izonryizonry 1 replies0 threadsRegistered User New Member
    I'm very underqualified and ultimately you will know yourself best and are the only person to choose which topic best represents you.
    However, I feel that the first two topics are the best. Good luck!
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  • aquaptaquapt 1970 replies37 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Cross off the last two, without question. (And any other topic based on anything that happened that long ago. Your Personal Statement should not be an elementary school memoir.) #1 *might* be possible to pull off but could very easily go awry in any number of ways. (Appearing to focus on grievances, failing to focus on who *you* are and what you could contribute to your potential college, or if you do focus on yourself, the risk of readers finding the use of a parent's struggles to make yourself look good to be in poor taste.) #2 is the best potential topic of the four, by far, IMHO. The challenge will be to find a specific thread/theme/image to hold it together, pare down a big topic to the required length, and avoid a cliche presentation. Make sure to include details/interactions that show your personality, so that it doesn't become a generic tale of "I love to dance but I got hurt but I persevered and achieved and deserve to come to your college." That may legitimately be the bone structure of the essay but your task is to flesh it out with features that are distinctively yours.
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  • EmpireappleEmpireapple 1720 replies26 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I agree - the last two should be eliminated because they are from too long ago when you were very young.

    Unfortunately growing up with an alcoholic parent is all too common. The dance idea might be most about your and help paint a picture of who you are as an individual.
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