Being Goth isn’t just about physical appearance; it’s a way of life that includes not only individual tastes in music, literature, and popular culture, but also particular beliefs about philosophy, spirituality, and a range of other human issues.
To give just one example, I am planning to major in Environmental Studies, and while it might seem odd to picture a ghoulishly-dressed girl who adores the natural world, it was my Goth outlook that led me to this academic interest.
I read voraciously, and am drawn to subject matter that is somewhat dark; the more I read about humanity’s impact on the planet and the near-apocalyptic dangers posed by global climate change, pollution, overpopulation, the manipulation of the food supply and other environmental threats, the more interested I became, and the more determined that I should become involved.
I, along with other members of my school’s Environmental Club, started a campus recycling program, and lobbied our superintendent to install in all classrooms power strips that are used to easily shut down equipment such as printers and computers at the end of the day, thereby conserving energy and generating significant savings for our school.
While you don't want to cater to people's biases, you also don't want to diminish your chances of getting into college.
Carrie, however, isn't one to tone down her identity during the admissions process.
She weaves in enough details about her passions and accomplishments to debunk any knee-jerk assumptions a reader might make about a Goth.
The "share your story" essay prompt is wonderfully broad, and it can lead to a range of topics.
An essay on one's love of crafts to one's non-traditional home situation can all work with Common Application option #1.
Carrie's essay approaches her topic seriously, but it also has a pleasing smattering of humor.