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Cancer Battle as College Essay Topic? - Ask The Dean
If it’s done well, that’s exactly what a good college essay does—inspires ideas. If they could, the college you’re applying to would have you come to campus, take a tour, talk with the admissions officer for an hour or so, get some lunch, talk a little bit more with the admissions officer, grab some swag at the bookstore, and then head home. If they did that, they’d really know who you are, and what matters to you. But if they did that with every applicant, they’d need 20 years to decide who gets admitted.
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Even the darkest moments and experiences can serve as motivation for something greater. That’s exactly what hope is. Hope can sometimes be hidden beneath the surface or muted by the grind we face on a daily basis. When a young person can tap into hope in their writing, it’s like a jolt that reminds us of the good we have in our lives. Whether reading college essays as an admissions officer or editing them now as a college counselor, I have always wanted that inspirational jolt to put a smile on my face and remind me about what really matters. Working in admissions, you know that students are trying as hard as they can to play the system, pulling out every available stop to get an edge. And why shouldn't they? The competition is stiffer than the Donald's comb-over. Even if they do everything "right," there's no guarantee that they'll get in. When you're recruiting, you know that they're trying hard to impress you both with their accomplishments and their desire. You know that parents are paying consultants upward of $30,000 to help, taking off a year of work to manage the process of their children's applying to colleges. You know that each kid has something special to offer, but that there are enough great kids to fill your first-year class by at least 200 percent. You know all this.