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Can I include humor in my college essay?

I have a funny story that I think would make a great college essay, but I'm not sure if humor is appropriate for this type of writing. Do you guys think it's okay to include humor in a college essay or should I stick to a more serious tone? Thanks for any advice!

9 months ago

Hi! Including humor in your college essay can be a great idea if done effectively. Colleges are interested in your personality and using humor can highlight aspects of your character that would make you a good fit for their campus community. Just be sure to strike a balance between humor and showcasing your other qualities, such as intellect and personal growth.

You might want to consider getting some feedback from friends, family, or a counselor to make sure the humor is appropriate and doesn't overshadow the main message of your essay. Keep in mind, admissions officers are reading thousands of essays, so if yours stands out in a positive way, it could work in your favor.

For more guidance on writing your college essay, I recommend this CollegeVine blog post: How to Write the Common App Essays 2023-2024 Good luck with your essay!

9 months ago

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