3 months ago
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Is my essay topic cliche?

I'm writing a common app essay on prompt 3-Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?

I decided to challenge the idea that bigotry is justifiable as long as it's called humor because of my experience being the target of consistent bigoted acts explained away with the humor defense. It's very personal to me. Would writing something like this be considered cliche to college admissions? Thank you.

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@annabellelopez3 months ago

I think that as long as you add your own personal touch like talking about your experiences with the topic, that would be a great topic. It’s good to pick topics that mean something to you as opposed to something you think isn’t “cliche”.

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3 months ago

I write stories, so my experience is slightly different, but I hope it helps. Several of my stories have started off with lots of clichés (like a Snow White story or a rebellion against alien dictators), but as I develop my ideas, the stories become less and less cliché. I told my sister how the Snow White story originated and she had NO IDEA that Snow White was the original basis. I feel like you should develop your ideas, write your essay, and then try to figure out if your essay is too cliché. Hope that helps! Good luck with your essay!!!

3 months ago

I don't think so, as long as you write about some positive growth. For example, detail what changed and how you're living with this new mindset. Make sure you highlight values like open-mindedness, empathy, and growth.

Best of luck.


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