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bsmitty101 · October 25, 2010 at 6:26 pm

I mean… I broke my neck skiing, I think that is an exception to the no sports injuries rule.

mysterymaskedman1 · November 17, 2010 at 12:00 pm

@precollegecoach I am trying my best to get into rutgers univ
Please give me some guidelines which they’ll look at and be amazed
I don’t have so many great grades because of my big switch from private to public school
But do u think if I list my unique self accomplishment do u think they’ll consider?
And one of their question. Is how will you benefit and contribute to our community ? How is a good way to answer that? Can I say that I will benefit from your community from taking in all the gre

ubermensch826 · November 19, 2010 at 7:18 am

how about this:
I’m sick so I have to take a pill everyday, but I can only take it once a day. Some days, i forget whether or not I’ve taken it so I constantly live in fear of dying the next day.

That would be awesome

John Smith · December 25, 2010 at 6:32 am

sorry to break it to you and all the readers but this is completely wrong
the list of topics to avoid only exists IF you are a shitty writer

there’s going to be thousands of essays on each and every single topic out there. you can make a jewel out of it, however, if you make it relate especially to you. for example, i wrote the relationship between my dad and i which i’m sure many thousands of people have done, BUT with the added twist where i talked about making banana pancakes in mornings

CrustyWang69 · May 17, 2011 at 4:39 am

@PreCollegeCoach hi do u think its a good idea to write an essay about my life philosophy?

Joanna Chmiel · July 6, 2011 at 12:43 am

You say not to talk about disease. But I’ve actually had leukemia relatively recently (about 3 years ago), went through chemo, and was cured. The experience is now a huge part of me that has greatly affected my outlook on life, and has inspired me to become an oncologist to turn the tables and help others deal with the disease I have personally experienced.

Now is that a bad topic?

Paul Hemphill · July 6, 2011 at 1:16 am

@JoannaBananaify I am very happy to read your comment, and I heartily suggest that you inspire others with your story. Paul

JustLikeWoah · July 13, 2011 at 8:19 pm

I was thinking about writing mine on the medical mission in Africa i will be attending. would this be considered your “trips” category. i would be giving medicine to the people who are without any medical care.

Paul Hemphill · July 13, 2011 at 10:47 pm

Yours could be a great essay. Best of luck to you. Paul H

TheMasterSlasher · December 9, 2011 at 2:05 am

Hmm, I already wrote about taking a trip a couple of years back and for the first time seeing how the truly poor live. This experience has had an enormous impact on my perspective on life, so do you really think I should change it?

Paul Hemphill · December 18, 2011 at 4:10 pm

Most assuredly. You “get it.” Good luck. Paul

Paul Hemphill · December 27, 2011 at 2:37 pm

@amsmileybbn It could be deadly, but if you frame it in such a way as to suggest that you are not attempting to draw sympathy from the reader, but to offer a perspective that teaches you something, it may work.

blancmerlot · February 26, 2012 at 2:38 pm

im going to write an essay with all of this topics – just to piss them off.

Safiya Bekmez · September 18, 2012 at 12:00 am

how about I write about my distraction problem and what i went through while trying to fix it..and at the end i get rid of that problemm etc?? is that goodd?

John Smith · September 22, 2012 at 4:42 pm

I totally disagree with the premise of this video. I subscribe to the notion that it’s the writing, not the topic, that makes an essay cliche. Any topic, as long as it isn’t inappropriate, can work if it’s handled well.

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Hazel Agosila · October 14, 2013 at 8:19 am

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