Cringe Worthy Essay Bloopers

A warning to graduate school applicants: Proofread! Have others proofread! Spell Check! You would be amazed at the things that get written in admissions essays-even to top schools. The following is a list of some of the funniest application essay oversights as reported by admissions officers. 

Unbelievable Application Essay Errors

  • Mt. Elgon National Park is well known for its rich deposits of herds of elephants.
  • I enjoyed my bondage with the family and especially with their mule, Jake.
  • The book was very entertaining, even though it was about a dull subject, World War II.
  • I would love to attend a college where the foundation was built upon women.
  • The worst experience that I have probably ever had to go through emotionally was when other members of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) and I went to Pennsylvania for their annual pigeon shooting.
  • He was a modest man with an unbelievable ego.
  • Scuba One members are volunteers, but that never stops them from trying to save someone's life.
  • Hemingway includes no modern terminology in A Farewell to Arms. This, of course, is due to that fact that it was not written recently.
  • I am proud to be able to say that I have sustained from the use of drugs, alcohol and tobacco products.
  • I've been a strong advocate of the abomination of drunk driving.
  • If Homer's primary view of mortal life could be expressed in a word it would be this: life is fleeting.
  • Such things as divorces, separations, and annulments greatly reduce the need for adultery to be committed.
  • It is rewarding to hear when some of these prisoners I have fought for are released, yet triumphant when others are executed.
  • Playing the saxophone lets me develop technique and skill which will help me in the future, since I would like to become a doctor.
  • However, many students would not be able to emerge from the same situation unscrewed.
  • I look at each stage as a challenge, and an adventure, and as another experience on my step ladder of life.
  • "Bare your cross," something I have heard all my life.
  • Take Wordsworth, for example; every one of his words is worth a hundred words.
  • For almost all involved in these stories, premature burial has had a negative effect on their lives.
  • I know that as we age, we tend to forget the bricklayers of our lives.
  • I would like to see my own ignorance wither into enlightenment.
  • Another activity I take personally is my church Youth Group.
  • The outdoors is two dimensional, challenging my physical and mental capabilities.
  • Going to school in your wonderfully gothic setting would be an exciting challenge.
  • My mother worked hard to provide me with whatever I needed in my life, a good home, a fairly stale family and a wonderful education.
  • I hope to provide in turn, a self motivated, confident, and capable individual to add to the reputation of Vasser University whose name stands up for itself. .
  • Filled with Victorian furniture and beautiful antique fixtures, even at that age I was amazed.
  • They eagerly and happily took our bags, welcomed us in English, and quickly drove us out of the airport.
  • Do I shake the hand that has always bitten me?
  • In the spring, people were literally exploding outside.
  • Freedom of speech is the ointment which sets us free.
  • I first was exposed through a friend who attends [school].
  • As an extra, we even saw Elizabeth Taylor's home, which had a bridge attaching it to the hoe across the street.
  • Under Activities: Volunteer (Retarded totor)
  • Name of Activity: Cook and serve homeless
  • On a transcript: AP Engllish
  • Misspelled abbreviation on another transcript: COMP CRAP (computer graphics)
  • Handwritten on an interview form under Academic Interests: Writting.


About the Author: Laura Morrison is the Web Content Manager for She earned an MBA from the Rutgers School of Business in 2010.

From ESSAYS THAT WILL GET YOU INTO COLLEGE, by Amy Burnham,Daniel Kaufman, and Chris Dowhan.Copyright 1998 by Dan Kaufman. Reprinted by arrangement with Barron's Educational Series, Inc.

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