Her essay blatantly states "this is who I am," and she makes it the job of the reader to overcome his or her preconceptions.
There is a slight danger that she will get a reader who refuses to accept the "Goth" culture Carrie describes, but most readers will love the way Carrie approaches her topic as well as her straight-shooting style.
The best essay titles often strive for clarity, not cleverness. When you read advice about college admissions interviews, you'll often be told to dress somewhat conservatively, get rid of the pink hair and remove all but the most innocuous piercings.
The danger of looking too far out of the norm is that you may encounter an admissions officer who isn't open-minded or who feels disturbed or uncomfortable with your appearance.
Along with the expected takes on race and ethnicity, how many of those essays would present their authors as outcasts, loners, kids who didn’t fit in at his or her school?
How could I present myself as someone unique and interesting — strange, even — without falling prey to the cliché of the self-pitying social misfit?I read voraciously, and am drawn to subject matter that is somewhat dark; the more I read about humanity’s impact on the planet and the near-apocalyptic dangers posed by global climate change, pollution, overpopulation, the manipulation of the food supply and other environmental threats, the more interested I became, and the more determined that I should become involved.I, along with other members of my school’s Environmental Club, started a campus recycling program, and lobbied our superintendent to install in all classrooms power strips that are used to easily shut down equipment such as printers and computers at the end of the day, thereby conserving energy and generating significant savings for our school.Carrie clearly shows how she will add an interesting and desirable element to the campus community.The essay demonstrates that she has thought about identity and diversity, that she is open-minded, and that she has a thing or two to teach others about their preconceptions and biases.While you don't want to cater to people's biases, you also don't want to diminish your chances of getting into college.Carrie, however, isn't one to tone down her identity during the admissions process.When I sat down to write this essay, I tried, as my high school English teacher always instructed, to imagine the audience for my writing.The more I thought about it, the more I pitied the college admissions screeners who would be reading a thousand essays on diversity.Being Goth isn’t just about physical appearance; it’s a way of life that includes not only individual tastes in music, literature, and popular culture, but also particular beliefs about philosophy, spirituality, and a range of other human issues.To give just one example, I am planning to major in Environmental Studies, and while it might seem odd to picture a ghoulishly-dressed girl who adores the natural world, it was my Goth outlook that led me to this academic interest.