On this Valentine’s Day, we’re going to be writing about college app essays and how you should absolutely, positively not in any way discuss your love life. You should also not discuss your love life in college interviews, with your teachers, or with your guidance counselor. Because you don’t want your teachers or your guidance counselor writing about how all you do is talk about this boy or that girl in your letter of recommendation. If you write about a boyfriend or girlfriend in your college essay, you run the risk of a college admissions counselor gagging. Nobody wants to read about a sixteen year-old falling in love with the love of his or her life. It’s great that you’ve fallen in love at such a young age — that’s wonderful for you — but just avoid writing about it. Avoid talking about it.
It doesn’t shed insight into who you are and what you’re all about. It doesn’t set you apart as unique. It doesn’t demonstrate your intellectual curiosity and love of learning. Elle Woods didn’t actually get into Harvard Law! So, whatever you do, make sure that your college essays don’t revolve around a boy who has nice eyes or a great smile. Don’t write about how another girl is cheer captain and you’re on the bleachers (sorry, Taylor Swift). Nobody cares. Not your teachers. Not your guidance counselor. Not the admissions counselor reviewing your college application.
Happy Valentine’s Day! But if you applied Regular Decision to colleges, don’t send your regional admissions counselor a Valentine’s Day card! Were you seriously thinking about doing that? Oy vey! If you were even considering doing it, we wonder what other mistakes you’ve made in the highly selective college admissions process!
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