What are some things that one can avoid in a college essay?

So, what SHOULDN’T I stick in my essays? I’ve gone through loads of stuff about what to include, but it’s all kinda same. Let’s flip it: what stuff should I totally AVOID putting in my essays, and why?

clichés and overused tropes like refusing to quit something or realizing team work is essential… :face_with_hand_over_mouth:

Absolutely steer clear of needlessly recounting traumatic experiences! Check out this TED Talk video on the surge of trauma essays: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MyD0m7JXgjA&feature=youtu.be :grimacing:

agree with this for sure :100: