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Can my college essay be humorous?

Hey guys, I have a funny story that I think would make a great college essay. Is it okay to use humor in my essay or should I stick to a more serious tone? I don't want to come across as unprofessional or not taking the process seriously. Thanks for any advice!

9 months ago

Hey there! It's definitely okay to use humor in your college essay, as long as it's well-executed and appropriate. Admissions officers read thousands of essays, so a humorous one can help you stand out and showcase your personality. The key is to strike the right balance between being funny and conveying your message effectively.

For instance, my own child used a humorous anecdote in their essay, which not only showcased their wit but also highlighted their ability to handle challenging situations with grace. It worked well for them and they got into their top choice! Ultimately, if you feel that your funny story will showcase your strengths and values, go for it. Just be sure to have someone review it to make sure it's coming across as intended. Good luck!

9 months ago

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