The college application essay that wins the “Admit” stamp is often a story written to show perspective or personal growth. A narrative story written honestly that engages multiple senses in the telling can captivate the reader (i.e., the admissions officer). More commonplace, however, are essays that tell what the student has done or experienced and leave little for the reader to discover or imagine about the student.
Such essays can be outright boring, as suggested by these tell-tale phrases found in many of them:
"Ever since I can remember . . ."
"[name the activity] is my life . . ."
"I have always . . ."