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More Obnoxious College Essay Subjects

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Number 2,377,992 on the list of 3 million things that drive me up the wall is irritating college essay topics. The kind where the college admissions officer is asking you to show how cool you are with some cute, snarky little essay question.

Well, the Mental Floss Blog has compiled a list of 11 of some of the most obnoxious essay subjects ever compiled. Let’s be clear, what the author calls “offbeat” I call obnoxious and irresponsible. The worst part of this article is that the subjects listed were actually college essay topics.


The blog has a post this week about writing a successful application essay.

The blog (nice descriptive title), also has an article with suggestions on how to go from idea to finished essay.

Next, I found a whole website dedicated to teaching you how to write a college application essay. The site Sample College Essays (.com) looks like a good starting point.

This is one of those essays that really has to genuinely come from the student. I’ve already posted articles about using a hired gun on one of these can backfire.

The essay isn’t going to spring to life all by itself. The best advice as called out in the Thady article is to start early and DO NOT be afraid of the drafting proces. Write that first draft. That first draft isn’t something you’d want to submit, but anybody who’s written a paper can attest to the way the drafting process works to turn papers into quality work.

Good luck with those essays!

FTV: “Most college essays are so full of crap you could plant a forest in them”

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