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How do I write about a sensitive topic in my college essay?

Hi all, I want to write my college essay about a sensitive personal topic, but I'm not sure how to approach it. I don't want it to come across as seeking sympathy or oversharing. How can I write about this topic in a way that's genuine and impactful without crossing any lines? Thanks for any help!

10 months ago

Hi there, it's great that you want to write about a sensitive topic in your essay, as it often shows depth and self-reflection. The key is to focus on how you've grown or what you've learned from the experience. Make sure you're not just describing the situation, but also emphasizing your personal development and resilience. It's also important to strike the right balance between being open and maintaining privacy. If there are any specific details that might make your reader uncomfortable, consider leaving them out, while still conveying the overall message. Lastly, ask someone you trust, such as a teacher or counselor, to review your essay and give you feedback on whether they think it's appropriate or if you've shared too much. Remember, the goal is to showcase your character and strengths, not to gain sympathy. Best of luck with your essay!

10 months ago

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