AI for College Application Essays?

A recent New York Times article by Natasha Singer delves into the increasing use of A.I. chatbots, such as ChatGPT and Bard, in assisting high school seniors with college application essays. While these tools offer convenience, they raise ethical questions and concerns about the authenticity of the essays. Moreover, the article highlights that A.I.-generated essays lack the nuanced understanding and personal voice — which are essential for good writing.

The Limitations of A.I. Chatbots

1. Lack of Authenticity: A.I. chatbots can generate text, but they can’t capture the unique experiences, emotions, and perspectives that make a student’s essay genuinely compelling. For example, ChatGPT’s answer to Princeton’s question about the “soundtrack of your life” was a generic pop song that didn’t seem appropriate for a college application.

2. Ethical Concerns: Using A.I. to write or edit essays raises questions about academic integrity. It blurs the line between the student’s work and machine-generated content, potentially undermining the admissions process.

3. Inaccurate Information: A.I. chatbots can make errors, as seen when Bard incorrectly stated that Professor Leslie Kaelbling, an A.I. researcher, teaches at Dartmouth when she is actually at M.I.T. Such mistakes could be detrimental to an applicant’s chances.

The PaperBlazer Advantage

1. Human Expertise: PaperBlazer offers real human experts who understand the nuances of language, tone, and content. They can provide personalized feedback that A.I. chatbots simply can’t match.

2. Ethical Integrity: Using a professional editing service like PaperBlazer ensures that the essay remains the student’s original work, thereby maintaining the integrity of the application process.

3. Tailored Guidance: PaperBlazer can offer specific advice on structure, flow, and storytelling, helping students to craft essays that not only meet the requirements but also resonate on a personal level.

4. Accuracy: With human experts, the chances of including incorrect or misleading information in your essay are significantly reduced.


While A.I. chatbots offer a quick and easy way to generate text, they fall short in several critical areas, including authenticity, ethics, and accuracy.

PaperBlazer, with its human expertise, ethical approach, and personalized guidance, provides a more reliable and effective solution for students seeking help with their college application essays.

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