1) Using Unnecessarily Difficult Words:
In an attempt to impress the reader, applicants often try to use 'complex' words and vocabulary even if they are not completely sure of the meanings. This is the biggest mistake that applicants make because this shows the lack of professionalism and fakeness in a college essay. Instead, admission evaluators and professionals suggest that applicants should use common words and simple English to improve their acceptance chances.
2) Not Being Yourself:
Personal statement requires an applicant to write several things about himself including his personality and qualities. Some students fabricate their qualities so they can prove themselves better than who they actually are. In reality, readers do not want applicants to be perfect in qualities. They evaluate applicant's qualities to see if he or she can adjust easily in their college or not. Therefore, it is better to be as accurate as possible because in one way or another, they get to know the reality.
3) Exaggerating Achievements:
Students often exaggerate their achievements for example claiming themselves as the head of any school society while they just act as a member in reality. This is a very big mistake because college admission officers hate lies and exaggerating is considered a lie. In fact, students do not often realize how wise admission officers are and include a number of fake achievements i.e. things they have not even done.
4) Simply Listing Achievements:
Admission officers are least interested in your achievements when they are reading the essay. Several other applicants may be far better than you and therefore you must include the achievements in such a way that the flow of essay is not disturbed. Forcefully including achievements in between is not a good idea because the admission officers and essay readers are so experienced that they immediately realize which applicant is trying to forcefully include achievements and who is writing it naturally. If you successfully write an essay in excellent flow while including all important achievements in it, you have a high chance of getting into the college given that other academic and non-academic requirements are fulfilled. A study proved that some of the very bright students did these mistakes in their college application essay and got rejected.