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Does having a college essay related to my intended major give me an edge?

Hey everyone! Working on my college essay and I’m conflicted: should my essay topic be connected to my intended major, or is it okay to talk about something totally different? Opinion?

7 months ago

Hey there! As someone who's helped students craft many college essays, I can tell you that connecting your essay to your intended major can indeed give you an edge, especially if you're applying for a specialized program.

If you have a unique experience or a particular passion that directly relates to your field of study, it can showcase your dedication and preparedness for that major. For example, if you're aiming for a Computer Science program and you've developed an app that solves a problem, that's a fantastic topic!

That being said, remember that authenticity is key. Colleges also love to see who you are beyond your academic interests—personal growth, interpersonal skills, or an experience that provides deep insight into your character can be just as impactful. Ultimately, choose a topic that you feel genuinely excited about and that represents you best. Good luck!

7 months ago

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