College Admission: Quick Tip #8

Quick Tip #8 Leave humor off the page

In person, humor is a good thing! It’s usually a great indicator that the applicant is easy-going and pleasant to work with. However, in your written personal statement it’s best to leave humor off the page.

 First, the majority of prompts are reflective and have you describe personal experiences, so being jokey might signal to the reviewer that you don’t take the essay portion seriously. Also, you only have 200-650 words—don’t waste them on misplaced jokes! Lastly, you don’t know who your reviewer will be, so don’t assume they have the same sense of humor as you—especially, if you are applying right out of high school. In the end, it’s best to focus on your personal growth and achievements, rather than humor, when writing your personal statement. 


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