Go easy on the slang, yo.

Every generation uses a great deal of slang, but it’s usually not the same slang the previous generation used. And it’s most likely that the committee evaluating your essay isn’t from your generation. One recent applicant mused about his football career and “leaping for a pick and taking it straight to the house.” If you watch SportsCenter on ESPN, you know that our applicant meant he intercepted a pass and returned it for a touchdown. But guess how many of our committee members watch SportsCenter religiously? Not many.

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