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06/11/2020 at 11:40AM

Is my essay topic too broad?

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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06/11/2020 at 01:06PM

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.

Accepted Answer
[🎤 AUTHOR]@blueberrywaffles06/11/2020 at 05:17PM

Thanks so much for the honest, clear answer!! I think I'll end up writing about something else:)

@DebaterMAX06/11/2020 at 05:59PM

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

[🎤 AUTHOR]@blueberrywaffles06/11/2020 at 06:04PM

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

@DebaterMAX06/11/2020 at 06:13PM

Check out john hopkins essays that worked. I love the potato one.

@crsgo042206/11/2020 at 09:16PM

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!!

[🎤 AUTHOR]@blueberrywaffles06/13/2020 at 12:28AM

@DebaterMAX - I will be sure to check that one out!!

[🎤 AUTHOR]@blueberrywaffles06/13/2020 at 12:28AM

@crsgo0422 - Thank you!!