Just as great personal statements combine an unexpected topic with superb execution, flawed personal statements compound problematic subject matter with poor execution.
The problem with the overly personal essay topic is that revealing something very private can show that you don’t really understand boundaries.
And knowing where appropriate boundaries are will be key for living on your own with a bunch of people not related to you.
Another way to mess this up is to ignore prompt instructions either for creative or careless reasons.
This can show admissions officers that you're either someone who simply blows off directions and instructions or someone who can't understand how to follow them.
Want to know why you're often advised to write about something mundane and everyday for your college essay?
That's because the more out-there your topic, the more likely it is to stumble into one of these trouble categories.
I'll also explain how to recognize bad college essays – and what to do to if you end up creating one by accident.
What exactly happens to turn a college essay terrible?
Well, if these things have happened to you, you are not alone.
These are among the most common errors beginning writers make.