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College Essay: What to Leave Out

Your college essay should be open and honest. With that in mind, almost any story can be appropriate to include in your college essay if it helps to explain your motivations.

However, there are some things that you do NOT want to include in your college essay:

Below are some examples.

EXAMPLE: “Even though I did poorly in math in high school, I will work harder in college because I really want to be a doctor.”

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EXAMPLE: “Throughout high school, I kept a 4.0 GPA. I was also on the Honor’s list and received a scholarship for my academic excellence. That’s why I am confident in my decision to be pre-med.”

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EXAMPLE: “My parents always encouraged me to study law.”

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EXAMPLE: “I want to be a doctor so that I can pay off my student loans easily, help to support my parents, and be a leader in the community.”

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