A college admissions counselor doesn’t want to read an essay about your trip to India. Why not? Because a college admissions counselor doesn’t make a ton of money and their schedule may not afford them the chance to travel as well. If you’re seventeen years old and you get to travel the world and see the great sights of India, how do you think it’ll make someone older feel when they don’t have this same opportunity? It’s simple psychology. It causes resentment. Do you think a college admissions counselor is likely to go to bat for a candidate they resent or rather one they like? It’s a no-brainer.
Similarly, a college admissions counselor doesn’t want to read your essay about sports. Do you know how many applications they have to read? Do you know how many college essays they have to read? Do you think the vast majority of these college essays are original? Do you think most of these essays inspire college admissions counselors and get them to do a happy dance on their desks? Most college essays submitted to highly selective colleges are just awful. Parents and students may think they know what they should write about, but in our years of experience they are almost always wrong. Writing a college essay about being down three goals to two in the final seconds and scoring the goal that ties it all up at the buzzer is not interesting. And besides it will only hurt your chances for admission because it is trite.
At The Ivy Coach, we help you get inside the head of a college admissions counselor. We don’t suggest that you write what you think a college admissions counselor wants to read. Because they don’t want to read what you think they want to read. We help you come up with ideas that will lead college admissions counselors to say — this is the best essay I’ve read all day. It happens all the time for our students. Know how we know? One student received a rubber-band in the mail from an admissions office. Her college essay was about a rubber-band ball. One student was pulled aside by an admissions officer after being admitted as a transfer and told that his essay was the most powerful they’d ever read in their careers. It’s these kinds of stories that our students experience quite often.