Write-on Wednesdays: common essay mistakes and how to avoid them

Recorded Wednesday, July 7 at 10:00 PM

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About this livestream


This week on Write-on Wednesday, we’re switching it up from our usual format. Rather than breaking down a specific essay type, Hale will be going through the most common mistakes found on college essay applications. He’ll be breaking down what these mistakes can look like as well as how to avoid making them and how to correct them.

Stop by to ask a few questions or stick around the whole hour to learn everything you need to know about common essay mistakes!

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Undergrad College: Yale University '21

Work Experience: I am a senior at Yale and excited to begin my fifth admissions cycle working with CollegeVine. After four years of working directly with students, I can't wait to engage with the people and the process in new and innovative ways online.

Audience questions

These are questions from the audience that we had time to answer during the live session. If you have any other questions, you can request an answer from Hale and other CollegeVine experts in an upcoming livestream or on the Q&A Forum anytime.
32:31@Jordan8171:Should our essay discuss how what we have gained from our experiences help us apply ourselves to university?
49:57@KaiD:Hi, In my essay, I wanted to parallel my interest in calligraphy to my interest in the environment (I want to major in environmental science). Would this be a good idea, or should I just write about calligraphy? Thanks!
52:16@Jordan8171:Talking about the death of a family member or pet can be seen as a cliche for some colleges but would linking it to how it made me choose my specific major or how it drastically changed me be ok?
53:41@azuzena22:Hi! In my essay, I figured that marrying my intended major (chemistry) and minor (women's & gender studies) into a narrative about my childhood (repressing my femininity in order to fit into the STEM stereotype). Would this be unique enough or a cliche? Appreciate this livestream by the way!!
59:35@User812:Hi! I missed the beginning of the stream and was wondering if a recording will be available.


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