Common App essayAnswered
I am going to apply this year and I am soon going to start working on my essay and i wanted to know if i can add a little humor in it cause i feel it is a big part of my personality or is it all formaL?
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The essay is the best way for admissions committees to get to know you. While SAT scores, your past course load, and your grades provide a quantitative picture of you as a student, the essay offers a refreshing glimpse into your identity and personality. So you can just write anything you like to. You can add humor or sadness or joy or anything. It does not need to be formal. If you feel like it is a big part of your personality, just go ahead.
Good luck with your essay!
I asked an admissions officer the same question. She said that she enjoys seeing humor in essays, but you have to remember that not everyone has the same sense of humor and will appreciate or even understand your references.
On a related note, someone else asked about cultural references (to songs, celebrities, etc). Similar answer - the reviewer may not be aware of your references, and may miss or misconstrue them. It is not the best use of your essay space to have to explain your jokes/references, so make sure you use discretion.
Admissions officers are human to, and they like to laugh just as much as you do. But remember that not everyone has the same sense of humor as you do, so don't use any joke that could be misunderstood.
Once you write an essay you could submit it to the CollegeVine essay tool and have others help you to make sure the humor is appropriate for the audience.
Best of luck this year!
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