Using A.I. Chatbots to help write essays

By Rajkamal Rao  

High school students already know that the most crucial subjective part of their college application is, without a doubt, the college essay.  

Using A.I. chatbots to help write essays

Using chatbots like ChatGPT and Bard is a relatively easy way to get to your first draft. It's free and quick and the grammar is excellent. You could modify the generated text to fit your personality. Many of our clients are embracing this approach when they submit their essays for reviews - and we can tell relatively easily because we know the quality of their writing from their prior writing engagements with us. 

As the New York Times noted on September 1, 2023, A.I. chatbots are good at generating broad responses to short answer prompts. But our experience has been that chatbots don't do a good job at the longer platform essays, like the Common App Personal Statement.

According to the Times, colleges are conflicted about using chatbots, which "could facilitate plagiarism on college applications or democratize student access to writing help. Or maybe both." We agree, especially on the plagiarism front. We caught many more essays during the 2023 season where essays were blatantly plagiarized. We cautioned some clients with a generic warning: This is dishonest and could lead to your application being automatically rejected. Please redo this entire essay on your own and resubmit it.

Yale admission officers have reacted to the technology, even publishing a podcast on the do's and dont's: "A.I.-generated content simply isn't very good at the mode of communication that works in college essays." 

College essays differentiate you from everyone else because when done well, they are personal narratives that are largely reflective of your experiences and introduce you to college admissions officers. A chatbot is a poor substitute here. The essay appears to come out looking good, but if it does not represent who you are, what good is it? Is it worth sacrificing your entire application because you didn't take the time or effort to invest in writing your essays?

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