The 7 worst kinds of college admission essays

Watch out for these traps

Don’t find your latest creation on this abbreviated list of the worst-of-the-worst, published recently by The Huffington Post. Go here for the original slideshow and all the details.

The worst part about them? They’re predictable.

  1. The Cringe-Inducing Metaphor Essay. (It’s not insightful. Just lame.)
  2. The Reformed Convict Essay. (What on earth makes you think an Oprah-worthy confession of bad-boy behavior in high school will absolve you of a low G.P.A.?)
  3. The Mother Teresa Essay. (You’ve helped other people. Nice. Next?)
  4. The “Wizard of Oz” Essay. (You say you finally realize that everything you need is in your own backyard? They read: Safety school. Not inspiring.)
  5. The” Jersey Shore” Essay. (Writing that the person you most admire is some schmuck celebrity isn’t clever — just misguided.)
  6. The Dead Dog Essay. (Essays about your coping with the death of a loved one aren’t inspiring. Just sad.)
  7. The Free Verse Essay. (Now is not the time to disregard instructions and just write what you want. It just shows you can’t follow instructions.)