Here are 12 of the most notable examples; head on over to Ask Reddit for more. At the same time, though, clearly someone could have used a little Journalism 101. I wouldn't blame these two for using their legacy to help them get a leg up — but relying solely on it like this? Also, shame on the school that let them get away with it.
Oh, and for anyone who's waiting on their acceptance letters? I hope this Redditor is planning on studying creative writing.
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It's been a long time since I penned my college application essays, but that doesn't mean I don't still appreciate them.
On the contrary: I think memorable college admissions essays are to be applauded. Because anyone who can make theirs interesting, thus bringing a modicum of relief to those who have to actually sit there and plow through them all, definitely deserves some acknowledgment for their work. That's the subject of today's Ask Reddit thread: “College admissions counselors of Reddit, what's the weirdest/worst/most memorable essay you've read?
The discovery of these things can help humanity adjust and live in a great world.
Emotions are more than a way to express ourselves but they are how we are different from other species.
Either way, though, they're all good for a laugh — and a few of them might even teach you something. Check out some of essay prompts from this year's app: You may already be familiar with this one, but for the curious, here's the story behind it: Humorist, writer, and musician Hugh Gallagher penned the glorious satiric creation excerpted here for Scholastic Press' national writing contest when he was in high school. For some years, there was confusion surrounding whether or not he actually used it as his college essay; in 1998, though, Gallagher emailed University of York comp sci professor Susan Stepney, who had posted the essay on her website, noting that he did in fact send it along with his applications. Here's the permalink for the full comment — it's worth just for the final line. I was unable to discern whether or not this one actually happened or whether it's just an urban legend — but I'm willing to bet it's the latter. I feel like maybe the right person might have been able to make this idea work, but the execution of the idea this time around just wasn't up to par.
Full steam ahead for a wide variety of lessons in what to do while writing your college application essays — and what not to do, too. Either way, though, I think it's a terrible way to try to teach the “think outside the box” lesson; I feel like it encourages laziness more than anything else. Here's the thing with writing humorous college application essays: They only work if you're actually… However, this also happened: To be fair, I'm not totally sure what's to be gained by sending your own obituary as a college essay; unless the prompt was something like, “Write whatever you want, as long as it is at least 500 words long,” it doesn't seem like it would really answer any questions the admissions committee might be relying on the essay to fill them in about.