So I’ve been working on my College Essays, and I already have a full set of main essays and supplementals, but my high school counselor and my essay teacher all tell me they’re too dry and have none of my personality (and they’ve seen me write for four years). The essays are “not like me”. Content-wise they’re perfect, but they seem… stale. Understandably, since my parents kept on forcing me to remove and add stuff. The current essays are more like formaldehyde-preserved versions of my originals, to be honest.
That’s why I began working on new essays a while ago, and I like them. I really do. I haven’t tried to hide my enthusiasm for space (even though I’m applying for a different major) and for futuristic stuff, or my wild experiments. I’ve tried a more student-like image but it just doesn’t fit me.
But once I showed my parents, they keep on getting angry about those “weird” details and how I’m not showing enough of my “hard work throughout high school” and screaming at me to scrap all of them.
What should I do? Should I go with my gut feeling, and show these essays to my school teachers and hear their opinions, or are my essays really that horrible and should I just give up on them?