Do Bad Teachers Make Good Essays?


My son is applying to some high-level schools even though his grades don't reflect his intelligence. He came across a few teachers that were not kind to him during his high school years, and that hurt his GPA. I am encouraging him to discuss this as his essay topic so the schools will know it was the teachers' fault that he didn't get a high enough GPA. He wants to write about the lessons about life he learned from getting a serious illness as a child and overcoming that. I think the grade discussion is more important in the essay. What should we do?

No, no, a thousand times no! (I've probably said this nearly a thousand times myself and only recently learned that it harks back to a Betty Boop movie from nearly a century ago.) But fun facts aside, “The Dean" is adamant that your son not write his college essay about his troubles with teachers and their impact on his GPA.

Keep reading Show less
Find Your Best Fit
Find your best fit college and track your favorite colleges.
Connect with your future classmates
Offer not stacking up? These articles may help
Expert advice and answers to common SAT and ACT questions