Be careful talking about religion.

See above. Same reason, times 10. I’m not going to repeat everything I said above, but one thing I will: I didn’t write this book to tell you how to say what’s on your mind; I wrote it to tell you how to win. It’s fine to have religious convictions and no one can ever take them away from you, but it’s also one of the quickest possible ways to offend the sensibilities of that one judge who doesn’t agree with or looks down on your religion. Once again – it may not be right, but it’s true. You don’t have to disavow any religious convictions you might have, and it’s not that you can’t make any reference to them at all — it’s just a safer route not to make them the crux of your entire essay.

2 thoughts on “Be careful talking about religion.”

  1. While this is sensible advice, I have to question the validity of a judge who looks down on a religion and would mark off an essay for such a reason. Perhaps he or she might not agree, but a judge should be able to analyze an essay without personal biases, especially anything near contempt, getting in the way.

  2. Stephanie,
    It sucks, and it’s not right, but it’s life. It’s better to stay on the safe side than to risk talking about your passion for Hinduism and getting a Christian judge. You’re screwed. No matter how objective they’re supposed to be, the second they notice that you’re a Hindu, they’re going to see you in a whole different life.


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