10 o’clock list: Things You Regret Writing in Your Kenyon Application

Couldn’t have said it better myself. (via diviantart.net)

So, because the people who will most closely relate to this article are Kenyon students, I’m going to go ahead and assume admissions thought your application was A-OK. But I’ll let you in on a secret – just because admissions ate it up doesn’t mean it was great, or even true.

It’s okay. We all have regrets. Care to commiserate? Keep reading.

  1. Your undying love for John Green, Nerdfighter status, or deep, soulful connection with Looking for Alaska. I am not, I repeat, NOT implying that there is anything wrong with John Green. But maybe, just maybe rhapsodizing over him was a little too schmoozy. Especially if, like so many freshpeople, you discovered that almost 7% of this year’s applications talked about the same thing. So much for originality, eh?
  2. That club you started in 10th grade for the express purpose of impressing the admissions staff. We’ve all done things with less-than-honorable intentions. Even so, arriving on campus to find that your classmates have done incredibly impressive things already makes the Greater Los Angeles Ski Club feel like even more of a joke.
  3. A philosophical tangent in answer to any of the supplemental essays. High-School-Student-You probably couldn’t get over how profound of an essay you managed to write given the word limit. Your marble essay was the Bernini of all essays, right? But Kenyon-Student-You is probably more horrified about what used to qualify as “deep”.
  4. Your burning desire to major in English. While English is still one of Kenyon’s most popular majors, declaring your passion for the subject before you’d had one college-level course may have been presumptuous. Discovering your true niche, though? Priceless.

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