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Is it okay to write my college essay in the first person?

Might be a silly question, but can I write my college essay in the first person? I've been told different things, and I'm not sure if using 'I' might make the essay seem too self-centered. Anyone else struggling with finding the right voice?

7 months ago

Absolutely! In fact, college essays are expected to be written in the first person. This essay is your opportunity to share your unique voice and story, and first-person narration is the most direct and personal way to do that. You're showcasing who you are, what you care about, and what makes you tick.

Just make sure that while you are using 'I', your essay remains focused on how your experiences have shaped you and what value you can bring to the college community. For instance, if you're talking about a volunteer experience, don't just list what you did – reflect on how it changed you or influenced your goals. Remember, admissions officers are looking to get to know the person behind the grades and test scores. A well-crafted, first-person essay can create a powerful connection with the reader.

7 months ago

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