• Beth & Tim Manners

Clichés To Avoid In Your College Essay

Updated: Sep 21, 2019

Quartz: “Of the thousands of gushing essays from eager students that wash across their desks each year, a great number are virtually the same. Per the Universities and College Admissions Service (UCAS) … far too many teenagers’ personal statements begin with ‘hackneyed phrases.’ UCAS looked at submissions from 700,000 students who applied to British schools in the past year and found several opening lines being used again and again, which suggests that the subject matter is often drearily similar, too.”


Among the most frequently repeated phrases:


“From a young age, I have been interested in/fascinated by…” “I am applying for this course because…” “Reflecting on my educational experiences…” “Academically, I have always been…”


“Nelson Mandela can take credit for the eleventh most repeated opening line: ‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.’ The quote was used by 148 of the applicants in the study.”

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