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Is it alright to use swear words in my college essay?

Hey everyone, I'm currently working on my college essay and I was wondering if it's okay to include a few swear words. I want to be authentic and true to my voice, but I don't want to come off as disrespectful or unprofessional. Anyone have any advice or experience with this?

9 months ago

Hey there! It's great that you want to be authentic and true to your voice in your college essay. However, using swear words can be a bit risky. While some admissions officers may be more lenient, others might find it unprofessional or offensive. Ultimately, your essay should showcase your best self and your ability to communicate effectively.

One way to handle this situation is to consider whether the swear words are crucial to the story you're telling. If they're not, you might want to find alternative words or phrases that still convey your message without potentially alienating the reader.

If you feel that the swear words are necessary for your story, you could consider partially censoring them (e.g., using asterisks). This way, you're still staying true to your voice while demonstrating an awareness of your audience.

It's important to remember that your essay is just one part of your application, and you want to make the best impression possible. Good luck with your writing!

9 months ago

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