“I am writing my college essay in English class.” So said another student we were working with for college counseling. Most English teachers do not know the difference between a well written essay for English class and an effective college admissions essay. (With the notable exception of Jennifer Burke, the amazing English teacher at Lyme-Old Lyme High School in Old Lyme, CT).
The college essay is the most important aspect of the subjective portion of the college admissions process. Given grade inflation and test optionality, the subjective portion of college admissions has become even more important. Writing the essay in perfunctory manner to check of an English assignment is not the way to ensure that your essay stands out.