The art of the college application isn’t so much “Can I list all of my accomplishments?” but “How can I make what I did do sounds SPECTACULAR without being called an outright liar.” Sometimes you succeed, sometimes you fail (and get wait-listed) but I’ll bet you dollars to dining hall donuts that you’ve used some of these collegiate little lies on your essay…
Your Sports Involvement
She said: While not particularly athletic myself, I did serve as statistician for the boys varsity basketball team all of senior year!
She meant: My boyfriend was point guard and one time, I live-Tweeted his game. So that, like, totally counts right?
That Semester You Nearly Failed AP English
She said: As for my unfortunate C- Junior year, I was going through family issues that pulled my focus, regrettably, elsewhere.
She meant: My brother got a new Xbox and that pretty much took the place of any homework whatsoever.
Why You Want THIS School Over Their Rival
She said: I know that academically, I am a better fit for UCLA than USC.
She meant: That pretty powder blue looks SO much better on me. I mean, yellow and red? Ew. Not with my skin tone.
She said: Aware of the need for safe rides home, my friends and I started the Sober Drivers Club,w which offers no-questions-asked lifts to students who shouldn’t be behind the wheel.
She meant: And by “club” I mean “We took turns calling our older sisters to come pick us up.”
How You’ll Improve The Campus
She said: I think I can inspire and motivate my fellow freshmen to get involved with campus activities, branch out and foster a sense of community amongst new students.
She meant: I plan to be the only girl who doesn’t gain the Freshman 15.
She said: I always strive to break new ground and make my generation proud; I’d love to find a cure for the common cold or cancer.
She meant: …But first I’ll tackle the things that really matter, like zits, weight gain and why my hair frizzes in the humidity.
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