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General essay question - Stories

t3h50 2 / 7  
Dec 25, 2008   #1
I know that most people, when writing their CommonApp essay, pick one specific experience or situation in their life and tell a story about it.

What do you guys think about telling more than 1 story in an essay? Like, 3 different short stories that all lead up to a point? Do you think it can be pulled off? Or is that a big no-no?

mustaa 7 / 15  
Dec 25, 2008   #2
the people that pick one example are taking a safer approach towards the commonapp essay. I feel that if you really want you differentiate yourself from thousands of other candidates then you take a non conventional approach. The decision is entirely yours, if you can pull it off though. Make a number of people read your work so your sure of where your essay stands. One of my friends wrote an essay along the lines your thinking. Its was on this thing in psychology called "three faces of eve". Its a multiple personality disorder where someone has 3 personalities. He turned this into a sort of " three faces" that he as a person has. It was really interesting. Anyway i want to wish you all the best with your essay.
EF_Kevin 8 / 13,334 129  
Dec 26, 2008   #3
I agree with mustaa and look forward to seeing how it turns out!


shadiali 3 / 5  
Dec 27, 2008   #4
I think its very important that the point can relate all three stories though! I wrote an essay in which I mentioned several anecdotes, but it was all over the place, and as a result my message was lost.

Also be careful with transition, you don't want it to be a choppy essay.

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