Kalviya Selvama Essay Topics

The college essay is tough. It’s not writing it that’s the hard part – it’s deciding what to write about that can be difficult. What’s most curious about the college essay is that many of the topics on this list (those that should be avoided) also happen to be some of the most commonly used topics out there.

But, why? Why are students writing about boring, tired out subjects?

A lack of creativity? Certainly not! Students know how to be creative.

A lack of gumption? Doubtful – many students even take it upon themselves to create their own version of an anti-essay (see number seven on the list).

For many students, the issue is the narrative, which begins at the essay’s focus: the topic.

For example:

A boring essay details a summary of Joe’s mission trip to Guatemala, where he volunteered at a local school with his family.

A great essay details Joe’s experience during his mission trip to Guatemala, where he volunteered at a local school with his family. It was there he met Anita, a local elderly woman who wanted to learn how to read but came from a poor family so she never had the opportunity. Joe and Anita developed a friendship…

See, you want to read more of the story, right? But, the first essay example didn’t make you want to continue reading on to learn any more details. That’s the difference.

You may think you know what you’re going to write your college admissions essay about but, before you do, read this list to learn what topics you should avoid and why.

1. A Summary of Your Accomplishments
College essays are similar to life and, in life, nobody likes a braggart. These topics are broad, unfocused and make a boring read.

You may have accomplished a lot, but let your essay speak by allowing the reader to get to know you as a person through your experiences – not through you telling them how accomplished you are.

After reading your essay, a person should be able to come up with their own assessment of you – people don’t like to be told how to think.

2. Highly Polarized or Sensitive Topics
The key topics to avoid here are the same as those at the Thanksgiving table: politics and religion.

Avoid preaching about sensitive topics, no matter how passionate you are about a particular one. You never know who is going to be reading your admissions essay and the goal at hand is to gain admission into college.

3. Sports
The sports essay is predictable and should be avoided, if possible. Everyone knows how an athletic story will play out, regardless of the story or the sport. Find another topic that is unique and hasn’t been covered a million times over.

Admissions officers have heard enough about “the thrill of victory” and “the agony of defeat” in relation to high school athletics and they are sick and tired of pretending to care.

4. Humor
Stop trying to be so funny. You may have a story in your essay that’s funny and that’s okay – but that’s different. Make sure you’re funny for a reason and not just funny because you’re attempting to be. If it comes out naturally in your essay, great. If it doesn’t, then don’t force it. Admissions officers will see the futile attempt – and likely not find it amusing.

5. Why You’re SO Lucky
We get it. You’re privileged and you appreciate it, which is great. However, discussing it doesn’t make for a great essay. It’s actually super boring and, perhaps, may cause some eyes to roll.

Avoid this topic at all costs unless you’re starting with that followed up with some along the lines of, “…so I decided to leave my cushy private school to switch places at a public high school in Detroit with an inner-city teen and this is what happened.” Now THAT would make for an interesting essay.

6. Volunteer Experiences & Trips
This may be one of the most popular essay topics out there…and it’s also one of the most boring clichés around. Nobody needs a summary of your vacation – people know what happens on mission trips and during volunteer hours.

While you should feel free to mention a great experience or trip, but your entire essay should not talk about your one experience volunteering during a mission trip in Costa Rica.

If you do want to bring up these topics, try to think of something interesting or unexpected that happened during your trip.

Did a particular person or experience have an impact on you? Specific happenings can make great topics – try to think of something unusual and craft your essay around that experience, instead. (See example within the opening of this article.)

7. Self-Expression

So, you’re creative, smart and so over this whole essay thing. You’re not going to be put inside a box with a regular essay; you’re going to do your own thing. You’re going to whatever you feel like writing. Some of the best and brightest students do this: basically, they create the anti-essay.

Fine, but be prepared to write whatever you feel like writing from a college that may not be your first choice.

Whether it’s a poem, a random stream of thoughts, sarcasm, or some other form of writing in order to feel more creative, it’s not always the best idea. Before you do this, remember one thing: the sole purpose of your college essay is to get into college. You can show off later.

8. Illegal or Illicit Behavior
Drug and alcohol use, sex, arrests and/or jail time are topics that you should steer clear of, even if they are life issues you’ve worked through.

You would not want your judgment to be called into question for the decisions you’ve made (even if they are in the past) or for making the decision to write about the decisions you’ve made. Either way, it’s risky business to go this route and is not recommended.

9. The Most Important [Person, Place, Thing] in My Life
Read this aloud. Doesn’t this topic sound like an assignment that a second or third grader would write about? It really does and, if a child can handle it, it probably won’t gain you a lot of points with college admissions officers.

10. Tragedies
Topics like death and divorce are cautionary because they can be extremely difficult to write about.

While these topics are tough, if you feel passionately that a particular tragedy impacted your life significantly and you do want to write about it, try to keep the essay’s focus on you.

Think about your feelings regarding the situation, how it affected you and what you learned from the experience rather than just simply recalling the situation or the person you lost.

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  • Virginia Kearney 4 days agofrom United States

    Elvira, if your topic is about a person with potenital, you are probably not doing a problem solution essay. You are writing a reflection essay and I have an article which gives all of the instructions you will need, including information about how to do the introduction. Here is the link to that article:https://owlcation.com/humanities/How-to-Write-a-Re...

  • Elvira 4 days ago

    How can I start writing my essay topic is about Aperson with potential.I don't know how to start.can you please help me?

  • Virginia Kearney 3 weeks agofrom United States

    Kanika--It is a good idea to turn your topic into a question and an answer. Here are some examples:

    What is the effect of divorce on young children (or teenagers or college students)? Your answer would be your thesis. Another topic idea could be:

    What is the effect of divorce on men (or women)?

    What is the effect of divorce on a person's work? See my article on how to write a cause effect paper.

  • Kanika 3 weeks ago

    Can you help me to find topic sentence on,Effect of divorce?

  • Virginia Kearney 4 weeks agofrom United States

  • Sayed Abid sadat 4 weeks ago

    Hi! I need your help to select my topic on information technology to write my artical. thank you

  • Virginia Kearney 6 weeks agofrom United States

    Hi Mr. Johnson, I have everything you might need for writing a college essay on my website. You can look on my profile page or search for my articles on: choosing a topic; writing a thesis and topic sentences; how to organize and write different kinds of essays; using commas and semicolons correctly; easy words to use as sentence starters to write better essays and much more. I have over 100 articles about writing to help you out!

  • Dick Johnson 6 weeks ago

    Hi! I Have An Assignment I Have To Do In My College Class On Friday And I Was Looking For Some Advise! Thanks!

  • Richard Cranium 6 weeks ago

    This website helped my child with her homework.

  • Virginia Kearney 7 weeks agofrom United States

    I have many articles on different subjects for you to look at. Many of the ones in this article would work fine but you can also look at my articles which are specifically for high school students. A good paper idea is one that interests you and it will be easier to write if you immediately can think of your opinion on that topic and some examples you can use from your own life, something you've read, current news or an example from literature, a movie or another video.

  • Stupid Pickle 7 weeks ago

    I have to write an essay for English is there any topics that you would recommend for a high school freshman

  • tommy wensyel 2 months ago

    this article was very helpful and it wasn t bias my english teacher wanted us to write an essay. it was really helpful i got a lot of good ideas

  • Jawaher 2 months ago

    How can get out bad relationship

  • Virginia Kearney 3 months agofrom United States

    Hi Trang--I have a lot of information to help you write your paper. Look for my articles about how to write argument, problem solution and proposal papers. In order to discuss two solutions, you just need to think about two possible answers to the question that have not yet been done. For example, in the question "How can students get enough good sleep each night?" two good answers that are equal would be: making a schedule for work and sleep, and using a technology device like a cell phone or fitbit that tracks sleep patterns.

  • Trang Phan 3 months ago

    my writing teacher asks me to choose a pro-solution topic that is practically related to student life. After that i have to draw out two solutions which are equal to each other.It means that both of them can not be currently done. it seems so difficult

  • sssssss 4 months ago

    How can healthcare be ensured for everyone around the world?

  • Damtaodu 5 months ago

    How do one respond to new challenges and adapting to a different environment, living without familiar amenities, interacting with new and different types of people and studying intensively among others.

  • Virginia Kearney 6 months agofrom United States

    Hi Kashymawoh--I'm glad you've decided on a topic for your essay. You can find everything you need to know about writing it by looking at my other articles on writing problem solution essays and writing argument essays. If you don't see the link for that, search in my profile, which you can find on the top right of the page.

  • kashymawoh 6 months ago

    hi Virginia, i am writing an essay on solving unemployment issues in Nigeria, kindly assist me.

  • Virginia Kearney 7 months agofrom United States

    Hi Cassandra! After you choose your topic, be sure to look at my article about how to write a solution essay. I give all the instructions you should need. If you want help revising or with punctuation, you can find articles on those topic too.

  • Cassandra Pines 7 months ago

    I need to write a 6-7 page essay about a social movement. I don't know how to start

  • Virginia Kearney 9 months agofrom United States

    Hi, Sparsh, Your best help would be to look at my other articles about how to write problem solution essays and argument essays. You might also like to look at my articles on Toulmin, Rogerian and Classical argument strategies. These articles include specific instruction on how to organize and outline your essay as well as how to argue effectively for your solution. In addition, they provide samples with commentary on why these work. Finally, you ought to look at my articles on how to write a great thesis and topic sentences. You can find these by searching for my name on Letterpile, or by looking on my profile page. I have over 100 articles on writing to help you out.

  • SPARSH AGARWAL 9 months ago

    Hey Virginia,

    I am preparing for writing section of PCAT exam. In the writing section, there are generally problem solution essays. It is my humble request if you could provide me with a source where there are more of problem solution sample essays, so that I can prepare accordingly and practice writing on the problems mentioned above.

    Regards

    Sparsh

  • Virginia Kearney 11 months agofrom United States

    Problems with health can be related to disease or preventative measures like diet and exercise. Here are some easy health-related topics: How can a person with Celiac disease best manage their diet? How can students best exercise and eat to be healthy? What are the best strategies to avoid illness? How can people avoid heart disease? What is the best way to stay healthy if you have diabetes?

  • poo 11 months ago

    i want a health related topic. like people should be concerned about their health. but what problem can i state?

  • Stevie Glenn 12 months agofrom Minneapolis

    Great topics on education! Good sources for quick education articles.

  • Chris Velo 14 months ago

    Thank you for all the topics to write on; I would read one section thinking that I couldn't write anything only to discover a few points I had to make into a quick essay.

  • Virginia Kearney 14 months agofrom United States

    Hi Colleen--I'd suggest you look at my Non-Profit Research Paper article for help.https://hubpages.com/literature/Research-Paper-on-...

  • Colleen 14 months ago

    Hello Virgina,

    I have a Critical Analysis & Research Writing paper due the assignment is A Good for A Community: A Research Based-Solution Essay I am having the most difficult time with this. Can you help?

  • Virginia Kearney 15 months agofrom United States

    KyLie--That is an interesting idea. The departmental final exam for my students included a question about this topic. I will see if I can add some to the list.

  • KyLie 15 months ago

    I would like some topics on the death of Harambe the gorilla....

  • Karla 16 months ago

    Should have a topic about animal abuse or cruelty!

  • Bangladesh Page 2 years ago

    Here is a lot of topics to write on. It really makes me think to write something on the topics. There are some topics here I never thought that an essay can be written! Thanks for sharing.

  • Virginia Kearney 2 years agofrom United States

    Hi Zero, I don't exactly understand what you want. Perhaps you mean you want to write an essay about "How to find a good job?" or "Solving the difficult problem of finding a good job?"

  • Virginia Kearney 2 years agofrom United States

    Hi mtariqsattar--I actually have also written articles about how to write essays of many types. You can search for this on Hubpages or just look for the links next to my topic ideas articles.

  • Tariq Sattar 2 years agofrom Karachi

    Hi there VirginiaLynne, I don't know how to start but you nailed it and you seem to possess command over topics. You do justify what you have said in your profile.

    Anyway, I enjoyed reading your hub - it is helpful to those who are seeking to teach essay at the college or university level, and those who want to writer such a genre of essay. That is problem-solution essay.

    I would ask though about the tips to writing an essay quickly and accurately at the same time. How should you as an essay writer achieve both ends?

  • Virginia Kearney 2 years agofrom United States

    Thanks for the ideas Jaime--I may think about putting some solution ideas into another article.

  • b.s.s 2 years ago

    Wow!! What a great topics

  • Virginia Kearney 2 years agofrom United States

    So glad Symphony Dunbar that you are using my site to get good ideas. You must be doing a good job writing those essays too!

  • Symphony Dunbar 2 years ago

    I love this site. I come on here, get a topic, write an essay, get an A+, just like that!

  • sera 3 years ago

    Thanks it helped so much

  • Maria Cuevas 3 years ago

    I would really like environment issues. It is very passionate among many.

  • Virginia Kearney 3 years agofrom United States

    Hi Justin--Glad this helped you. I have a 5th grade daughter and two daughters in 7th. I used to teach 6th grade myself and know that you are learning a lot about writing!

  • justin 3 years ago

    I really like the questions for the problem and solution it makes me want to improve some mistakes I made.P.S. I'm a 6th grader.

  • Tessa 3 years ago

    Awesome website! I'm definitely going to use one of these topics. Helped a lot. Thanks!!!!!

  • Hyder 3 years ago

    How "Education is solution all our problem" I want to write essay this topic anyone help me

  • Ova ELai 3 years ago

    I would like a topic on counselling a teenage who thinks is having a sexually transmitted disease or HIV

  • Virginia Kearney 3 years agofrom United States

    Thanks Ashley--I will write some topics about that!

  • Ashley 3 years ago

    Military life topics would be great!

  • djelke16 3 years ago

    Great topics! Thank you so much.

  • Dottie 4 years ago

    Thank you! This was so helpful!

  • Rachel 4 years ago

    This website is perfect! Helped me a lot, thanks!

  • Lcarter 4 years ago

    Great topics!

  • Virginia Kearney 4 years agofrom United States

    So glad I helped you Kaiya! I know that getting the right topic and finding some good information can really help someone overcome that writer's block that makes starting an essay so hard!

  • kaiya123 4 years ago

    This helped a ton! Anyone of these topics could easily be well written, being that there is so much information about each topic. I seriously couldn't have thought of any of these topics, and this definitely helped my essay. There was many topics to choose from, depending on the area you are interested in. It made me think about what I really wanted to write about! Thanks so much!!! :)

  • Maria Jordan 4 years agofrom Jeffersonville PA

    A meaty and worthwhile list of subjects for anyone to pursue...most thought provoking and interesting topics. Excellent job.

    Voted UP and UAI. Hugs, Maria

  • SaM 4 years ago

    This HELPED a lot! Thanks!

  • Pamela Oglesby 4 years agofrom United States

    You really thought of so many valid topic that are all worthy of discussion. Anyone of this topic could easily be written about and really there are so many problems, it is a bit overwhelming, but then we must start somewhere. This is a great idea for a hub and no one should have to have writer's block anymore. Voted up and useful.

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