There is far more to say about the total decimation of quality writing and quality literature over the past 25 years. In an effort to not only feed the internet with content, but also to force-include the masses, in a state of numbed, indoctrinated glee to politicize literature and art… questionable and ridiculous genres like the aforementioned personal essay trend, and slam poetry, etc. have killed the art world, from within. It’s all about politics now: inclusion, identity, social statement. It’s no longer about phenomenal giftedness and talent (which is out there) and skill and merit, nor about the quality of the writing or the art itself. We have, like lemmings, followed the ‘school’ of popular thought right over the proverbial cliff. What remains is a shredded, gutted, bloody mess, splattered about the pavement below. And we are still, after 25 years, trying to call that gruesome scene of destruction – a crime scene to be exact – literature, poetry, and art….
What is a personal essay? This type of essay has a purpose of revealing the personality of the applicant for a graduate education in a certain field of study. Ordinarily, the applicant is expected to include his personal history and experiences that were vital for this specific educational choice. Personal narrative essays are not limited by the instruction but the author should be very attentive to all the details revealed as an essay that tells too much is as ineffective as an essay that provides not enough information about the applicant. This essay is supposed to present the applicant’s personality to people who have never met him and that is the reason it is very important to be objective in order to make the people reading the essay understand that the applicant by no means is exaggerating.