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Can I write about a controversial topic in my college essay?

Hi everyone, I want to write about a controversial issue in my college essay because it's something I'm really passionate about. However, I'm not sure if this is a good idea or if it might hurt my chances of getting accepted. Any advice?

10 months ago

Hello! It's great that you're passionate about a topic and considering it for your college essay. When it comes to controversial issues, it's important to approach them with care and thoughtfulness. College admissions officers appreciate when students can demonstrate critical thinking and the ability to consider different perspectives, especially on complex subjects.

That being said, it's also important to make sure your essay doesn't alienate or offend your reader. You'll want to present your thoughts in a balanced and respectful manner, showing that you've considered various viewpoints and that you're open to discussion. Additionally, try to focus on how this issue has personally impacted you or shaped your identity, as well as what you've learned from it.

For example, my child wrote about their experience advocating for mental health awareness in high school and how it has shaped their goals for the future. They were able to discuss a sensitive topic while also showcasing their growth and dedication to making a positive change. Good luck with your essay!

10 months ago

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