Ironically, several trends in high school English composition work against one another when a student confronts the college application essay. Often, high school students have experienced three years during which their teachers usually told them to write analytically, in the third person, about literature, science, and history. In practically every instance, students assume that it’s important to leave egos behind in order to find an objectifying voice for their writing. Then, just when you thought it was safe to wade into the water of essay writing…a student comes face to face with the college essay prompt, which in one way or another asks that student to toot his or her own horn with clarity and precision, all the while maintaining a balance between bragging on the one hand, and honest portrayal of facts on the other. No wonder students eschew college application essay trials! Coming from a peer-group society where standing out from the crowd can elicit the ire of others, students find it hard to swim upstream against the flow, so to speak. That spells trouble for college application completion.