Help, Help! My mom has hijacked my college essay! I gave my two essays
to her today so that she could look them over and edit them a bit.
She edited them into oblivion. The resulting frankenstein essay she
created has bits of my essays sewn into sections that she wrote entirely
herself. Anything that I actually wrote was rearranged and edited so
much that it doesn't remotely resemble anything that I would say. She
brought up topics that I hadn't written about at all, and then claimed
they were just little additions that didn't changed the feel of the essay
at all. I told her that I couldn't use her essay, for many reasons, the
least of which being that it wouldn't be honest to send it in as a
representation of my writing, since she essentially wrote it her self.
She told me that she understood what I was saying, and that she wasn't
upset. But she then proceeded to argue with me about it, and question my
reasons for not wanting to use her essay. I ended up having to defend my
position, which I shouldn't have had to do. She should just have accepted
the fact that I wasn't ok with her essay, and left it at that. I didn't
ask her to write it, and I don't want to use it.