Boy in school runs our branch of Kony 2012. Doesn’t research it. Surprised to learn of its less beneficial side. Continues campaign anyway.
Maybe it’s because I moved away from the USA and went through the process in the UK, but, uh
…. writing about any fandom for something as important as getting into university seems really strange to me. And it seems like a bad judgement call.
Maybe it works that way over in the US, but we actually kind of had to take our personal statements seriously and write about where we wanted to go in life and how the courses we had chosen would affect us and why they should pick us over the hundreds and hundreds of other applicants.
And I think that if I had written my personal statement about how I relate to any fictional character, regardless of whether or not I do, they would piss themselves laughing and throw me to the bottom of the pile. Maybe they would keep it in case they had a bad day and needed something to make them laugh. Why should they care about my personal relationship to a piece of fiction?
Surely it’s more important to show through your admissions essay that you would take university as seriously as you possibly could and that you would use your course and your education to further yourself as a person… as opposed to trying to prove that you are the most awesome Neville fan ever?
Like, I understand trying to show how a character has touched you profoundly, but I don’t think that this is a very good outlet for displaying it when your future is on the line and your essay can make or break you.
But, uh, yeah. You go, I guess?
My admission essay was about how everyone is lower than me and I’m sickened to have to deal with people on a day to day basis. Somehow, that got me into school.
It’s totally valid to write about a fandom as a personal essay, as long as you make a point about yourself with it. If you simply fangirl throughout the essay, it’s not going to work. /story