Topics like death and divorce are cautionary because they can be extremely difficult to write about.
While these topics are tough, if you feel passionately that a particular tragedy impacted your life significantly and you do want to write about it, try to keep the essay’s focus on you.
It’s actually super boring and, perhaps, may cause some eyes to roll.
Avoid this topic at all costs unless you’re starting with that followed up with some along the lines of, “…so I decided to leave my cushy private school to switch places at a public high school in Detroit with an inner-city teen and this is what happened.” Now THAT would make for an interesting essay.
You may have accomplished a lot, but let your essay speak by allowing the reader to get to know you as a person through your experiences – not through you telling them how accomplished you are.
After reading your essay, a person should be able to come up with their own assessment of you - people don’t like to be told how to think.
(See example within the opening of this article.) So, you’re creative, smart and so over this whole essay thing.
You’re not going to be put inside a box with a regular essay; you’re going to do your own thing. Some of the best and brightest students do this: basically, they create the anti-essay.
For many students, the issue is the narrative, which begins at the essay’s focus: the topic.
Doubtful – many students even take it upon themselves to create their own version of an anti-essay (see number seven on the list).