My mom won’t let me write my own college essays.

Posted by Brad J. Ward | Posted in Higher Education, Recruitment | Posted on 10-28-2007


Finally, someone admits it. Every Sunday morning I wake up and read the latest PostSecrets. It is a site where people can put there deepest secrets on a postcard and mail them to someone, who then posts them for the world to see.

This one definitely caught my eye today.

Keep your eye out for this application. How many others are there out there?

Occasionally someone will respond to a secret with an email and it will get posted.  This postsecret is one of them this week, and here’s what someone had to say.

—-Email Message—–
Sent: Sunday, October 28, 2007 8:04 AM

By the time my mom finished “editing” my Harvard essay, nothing of what I wrote was left. I knew it was a terrible essay, but I submitted it anyway rather than fight her. Unsurprisingly, I was waitlisted and then rejected. I am convinced that the horrible, stilted, lifeless essay did me in.

Later I applied for a prestigious full-ride scholarship and hid the paperwork at school so that I could write my own essay. I won that scholarship, and two degrees and $120,000 later, I’m a debt-free Fulbright grantee living in a foreign country.

Moral of the story: love your mother, but write your own college essays. Being rejected for who you are is so much better than being accepted for who you aren’t.

Comments posted (2)

Not to mention that as young students, the kids are the ones who have had English and Writing classes recently. Parents, by in large, would not have had those tricky classes in not less than 18 years. What makes the parents think that they can out-wright their kids anyway! Have a little faith in your children. And as the quoted fella said above, knowing you were successful for who you are (or what you wrote) is better than not knowing if you were really chosen for yourself or your mothers essay.

A lot of people don’t have the skills to write their own essays, anyway these days. America has gotten so dumbed-down it’s a shame. The whole college application/entrance process has become a strategy game for the rich to win.

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