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I finished my common app essay about my ethnicity and how it sort of defines me in a way, but was told that this topic was overused and washed out. Is this true? Do I need to write about something else?

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That area of topic is overused but if your ethnicity is not a common area that uses it like Pacific Islander Native American then it should work but latinx Asian generally don’t work well with that.

If you change it it so it is more about defeating stereotypes example Asian who does liberal arts not stem or some other way of “breaking the mold” then that should work and doesn’t require as much retooling.

Thanks so much for the honest, clear answer!! I think I'll end up writing about something else:)
Your welcome also it can work but it has to to be exceptional or unique. Also if you specialize it with humor I heard that is a big plus but as a rule of thumb Id not recommend it it as most of the time this type of essay can't get you into harvard
Ah i see, I'll keep that in mind! I'm reading the one that I wrote and the more I look at it, the more boring it seems lol :D
Check out john hopkins essays that worked. I love the potato one.
i agree that unless you are a minority or your cultural heritage has played a significant impact in your life then colleges may see it as you playing the race card. good luck!!
@DebaterMAX - I will be sure to check that one out!!
@crsgo0422 - Thank you!!