Please double-check the URL, or try our site search at the top-right corner of this page.Over the years, students who tell me they absolutely love to write have said they struggle with the application essay.The overflowing sense of hyper-reality in Tim O’Brien’s words of warfare spills into my world.
Prompt: Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it.
If this sounds like you, then please share your story. You can’t be the best, or the prettiest, so you have to be “original.” I’ve won the “Most Original” award a fair number of times.
Through this skillfully crafted essay, we learn that the student has led a very international life, the student has a way with words, the student loves literature, the student is bilingual, and the student is excited by change.
The essay is a joy to read, sharing a detailed glimpse of the student’s personality without feeling like it’s trying to list positive personal qualities.
These essays are terrific, and you can find them listed on the right side of this page.
Writing the college application essay is a daunting task.
Like a captain frantically seeking port in a storm, I haul myself through the turbulent ocean of people, trying to avoid being stranded – or trampled – in the dustiest city in the world: Beijing, capital of both China and smog. It is the summer of 2012, and Shanghai isn’t to be home for much longer. Unsettled, I turn to my ever-present book for comfort.
Luckily, I board my train with seconds to spare, and without being turned into a pancake – always a plus. In another week I will cross the globe to start a new life in a foreign land called Charlotte. Today it is by Tim O’Brien, already worn and slightly crumpled.
One great way to get started is to read examples of successful essays.
Reading sample college essays gives you great ideas and helps to illustrate what is expected from a good college essay.