22 days ago
Admissions Advice

Common App Essay

Is it a good idea to write about my struggle and overcoming mental illness? Or is that too risky?

🎉 First post
Let’s welcome @kaitlynmjones to the community! Remember to be kind, helpful, and supportive in your responses.

Earn karma by helping others:

1 karma for each ⬆️ upvote on your answer, and 20 karma if your answer is marked accepted.

2 answers

Accepted Answer
22 days ago

I believe this is ok, as long as you were able to provide actual insight within your experience and how you came to overcome it. College admission counselors want to see how you were able to move forward from a problem and what you did shows how you didn't limit yourself despite your condition.

P.S I know writing something like this is very hard, especially since it's quite personal. Just remember to be genuine as possible and don't focus too much on the hardships but more one the overcoming part. I wish you the best of luck in your applications!

21 days ago

Hi, thank you for asking your question! I completely agree with @Jemimah because they know that the Common App is a great place for you to let the admissions officer know you on a personal level. At the same, note that the essay is also a place to show self-reflection and growth, and if you can do this by sharing your mental health journey go for it. It will likely be a very powerful essay.

If you need help writing this essay, check out this blog post and livestream!




Community Guidelines

To keep this community safe and supportive:

  1. Be kind and respectful!
  2. Keep posts relevant to college admissions and high school.
  3. Don’t ask “chance-me” questions. Use CollegeVine’s chancing instead!

How karma works