When I sat down to write this essay, I tried, as my high school English teacher always instructed, to imagine the audience for my writing.
The more I thought about it, the more I pitied the college admissions screeners who would be reading a thousand essays on diversity.
The essay has a level of maturity and self-confidence that the reader will find attractive.
Also, the reader is likely to be impressed by the way that Carrie imagines her audience's reaction.
But when I receive college brochures picturing smiling, clean-cut teens dressed in the latest from Abercrombie & Fitch and lounging on a blanket in the sun, I think, Simply put, I am a Goth. Diversity might be considered in terms of economic or geographical background, life experiences, religion, sexual orientation, and even personal interests and general outlook.
In this respect, my Goth identity contributes a perspective that is far different from the mainstream.
Carrie clearly shows how she will add an interesting and desirable element to the campus community.
The essay demonstrates that she has thought about identity and diversity, that she is open-minded, and that she has a thing or two to teach others about their preconceptions and biases.
I was drawn to this dark subject matter of environmental crisis, not to wallow in it or savor the Schadenfreude, but to change it and make the world a better place.
Writing about identity or diversity for the Common Application essay presents a writer with specific challenges. It clearly captures the subject of the essay — approaching Goth with an open mind.