What are your chances of acceptance?
Your chance of acceptance
Duke University
+ add school
Your chancing factors
Unweighted GPA: 3.7
SAT: 720 math
| 800 verbal


Low accuracy (4 of 18 factors)

Is it okay to use 'I' in a college essay?

Hey guys, I'm working on my college essay and I've noticed I use 'I' a lot. Is this frowned upon or is it okay? I don't want it to sound too self-centered. Thanks for any advice!

10 months ago

Hi there! It's completely normal to use 'I' in your college essay, as the purpose of the essay is for the admissions officers to get to know you better as a person. So, don't worry about sounding self-centered when using 'I'. However, it's essential to strike a balance between sharing your experiences and not coming across as too focused on yourself.

For instance, my child faced a similar issue while writing their college essay. They started by writing about their experiences and what they learned from them. Then, they made sure to connect their personal growth to external factors, such as how they made a difference in their community or how they plan to contribute to the college they attend. This way, the essay still focused on them but showed a broader perspective.

Remember, it's all about finding the right balance and showcasing your unique qualities. Good luck with your essay!

10 months ago

About CollegeVine’s Expert FAQ

CollegeVine’s Q&A seeks to offer informed perspectives on commonly asked admissions questions. Every answer is refined and validated by our team of admissions experts to ensure it resonates with trusted knowledge in the field.