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What Essay Topics do Admission Deans Hate to Read About?

Question: What essay topics do admission deans hate to read about?

Admission officials like to read any essay that's well crafted, so there's rarely a topic that requires a huge "Keep Out!" warning. But ... there are certainly those that could use at least a small "Caution" sign. These tend to fall under three headings. The first is "Overused Ideas"--the ones that would actually be pretty decent topics if most admission folks hadn't seen them a gazillion times already. This list includes:

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