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Is it appropriate to write about mental health in my college essay?

I've been through a lot and I'm considering sharing my mental health journey in my college essay. Will colleges think it's too much, or is it seen as being open and honest about my struggles? Anyone got advice or experience with this?

8 months ago

It's wonderful that you're considering sharing your story in your college essay. Mental health is an important issue, and discussing your journey can illustrate personal growth and resilience. I've advised students who've written about their struggles with mental health and have been admitted to great schools. It's all about how you frame it – focus on the positive aspects, like how you've overcome challenges or what you've learned about yourself. Your essay should ultimately be forward-looking and show how your experiences have prepared you to succeed in college. Just a word of caution: make sure not to let the essay become a list of difficulties. Instead, it should underscore your strengths and the proactive steps you've taken to manage your mental health. Have someone you trust, like a guidance counselor or teacher, review your essay to ensure it strikes the right tone. I hope this helps, and good luck with your essay writing!

8 months ago

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