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Can I use 'I' in my college essay?

Hi everyone, when writing my college essay, is it okay to use 'I' and write in the first person? I want to make it personal, but I'm not sure if it's appropriate. Thanks for your help!

10 months ago

Hi there! Absolutely, using 'I' and writing in the first person is not only acceptable, but it's also encouraged in college essays. It's your chance to showcase your unique voice, experiences, and personality. College admissions officers want to get to know the real you, and writing in the first person helps them connect with your story. Just remember to keep it genuine and stay true to yourself. Good luck with your essay!

10 months ago

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