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Big Mistakes on College Admission Essays

I ran across these hilarious mistakes on college admissions essays submitted to Vassar and Bates colleges. You can find them here at

I laughed. And then I cried, knowing how much the staff of the admissions officers were laughing–as they sent out the rejection letters.

Always, always proofread those essays, folks.  And don’t leave them to your eyes alone.  Have others read them–just to make sure  you don’t leave any bloopers behind.

Mark Montgomery
College Essay Editor

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  1. It really does hurt to see this post, both because I was laughing so hard and because such lack of attention to detail.

    It really goes to show that taking the time to have someone proofread your essay could save some embarrassment.


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