Parents want to help ... but ... "Colleges have placed more importance on applicants’ essays as an indicator of their values and character. Parents are often tempted to rewrite or edit them heavily. Such meddling is usually obvious to admissions officers, however, who have a keen eye for teenagers’ authentic, and often imperfect, prose."
The short answer: it depends. The longer answer: If you don't have the grades and the test scores a college expects from its applicants—in other words, if you aren't academically prepared—it is extremely unlikely for your essay to push you over into the Accept pile. Even the most interesting, unique, or creative essay. Penn's dean of… Continue reading Can an essay make or break your college admissions decision?