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Using second person in college essay: innovative or risky?

I've got this unique essay idea where I'd address the reader using the second-person perspective. It feels really engaging to me, but I'm worried it might be off-putting or too different for an admissions committee. Can I get your take on this?

7 months ago

I understand your eagerness to stand out in your college essay, and using the second-person perspective can indeed create a sense of engagement. However, it's relatively unorthodox for college essays, which primarily focus on first-person narratives. If you handle it with skill and purpose, it can showcase your creativity and ability to think outside the box.

Make sure that it enhances the story you're telling and doesn't distract from the core message about who you are. For example, if you're reflecting on an experience where you're directly interacting with a reader or hypothetical 'you', it might aid in making your point. If you decide to pursue this route, I'd strongly advise you to get feedback from teachers, peers, or a counselor to ensure it's having the intended effect. The key is to be authentic and ensure that the style contributes to, rather than detracts from, your story. Good luck!

7 months ago

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