Alright, I'm a senior in high school and its time for me to seriously give it my all for college applications. As a California resident, I'm going to apply to all the UC's except Berkeley and Merced, as well as the two best CSU's Cal Poly Pomona and SLO as my backup. I'm posting this here because I trust teamliquid because you guys know and are passionate about E-Sports and I think I can get solid advice from you guys.
Firstly, the prompt I want to talk about E-Sports is Prompt #1 of the UC application:
"Describe the world you come from - for example, your family, community or school - and tell us how your world has shaped your dreams and aspirations"
Alright, so I am pretty much obsessed with college apps and I've been searching around. I know that I NEED a unique essay that will make the reader know more about me and sets me off the other applicants. This is why I want to write about E-Sports, not only because I am extremely passionate about it, but also because it is going to be a unique topic that few, if any, applicants will actually talk about.
Basically, In the essay, I want to say how I want to expand its popularity and people's outlook on E-Sports. I also want to cover how very few people know about E-Sports, but I truly believe in the future it will be able to rival the popularity of other physical sports. For answering how it shaped my dreams and aspirations, I want to add that this influenced my dream to major in computer science and to work within the E-sports industry to help it grow.
I have the question of whether or not this topic has potential. I'm going to bet that the admissions staff will have no clue whatsoever on what E-Sports is. This means I'll have to explain what E-Sports is and I'm not sure how I go about doing so, without it sounding like I'm an immature idiot that just loves the idea of playing video games for a living.
So 1) is there any other way to introduce E-sports to portray it in a more professional manner?
2) Is this topic too foreign? Should I go for a topic that the admissions staff knows about?
Also... I'm not sure if this is asking for too much, but I was wondering if anyone would like to volunteer to read my essays and help me personally to fix them from now to the last week of November, where I'll be submitting my applications. It won't be much, an essay around 500 words, that could be read in a minute or two.