Date of publication: 2017-07-08 17:16
Things are great here at camp. I’m learning a lot, like when you taught me how to make a [helpful household instrument] out of only [MacGyver-like supply of materials]. Everyone here is really nice, which of course makes me think of [beloved family member’s spouse], and how nice [he/she] always is when I come to visit.
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I would strongly advise you to not write about how good you are at something. The danger is that you come across as boastful or full of yourself, and that can be off-putting to college admissions folks. Remember, the goal is to be likable.
One bead of sweat splashes across the newspaper headline. Still dressed in full football pads, I sit alone in the journalism computer lab, editing copy a few minutes before 9 . Three hours after football practice, my cleats, untied, remain stuck on my feet and I have barely even made a dent in th.
I've never been comfortable bragging. In fact, I was raised to be modest about my achievements, whatever they might be. Applying for college is nothing but bragging, and it makes me uncomfortable. In addition, every other essay you're likely to see is nothing but a litany of impressive accomplishments from top to bottom. That's not me.
After my introduction to 75Q, I began to play Twenty Questions (the traditional parlor game) and became determined to rival the guessing accuracy of the artificial intelligence. At first I was mediocre. However, through long car rides with family, good-natured yet heated competitions with friends, logical strategy, and time, I became more effective. I discovered the “secrets” to success: practice and perseverance.
You don 8767 t have to have been an Eagle Scout, president of the chemistry club or band major to be a leader. It 8767 s more about finding 8775 a time 8776 you played the role of leader, and why that mattered.
I learned that despite the many sports that I have experimented with, I am the MVP at bench-warming. I make a mean latte, often topping my creations with adorable foam cats. I adore Broadway musicals and am always ready to showcase my dancing at a flash mob. I passionately believe in advocating for human rights, actively engaging in Amnesty International’s initiatives. And, I discovered that I am not only an advocate for but also identify with the LGBTQ+ community.
In 7th grade, a classmate told the table that all East Asians were either hot or ugly. It won a few agreements, but I sat stunned. &ldquo What am I?&rdquo I demanded. His face scrunched up a little. At the time, I was 67-years-old, and I was plain. He, however, had summed up.
There has always been a disconnect between the have and the have-nots in society. Wealth and poverty has been perhaps the single biggest dividing issue since the introduction of money thousands of years ago. It was the Wu-Tang Clan that so famously said that cash ruled everything &lsquo around me&rd.
Similarly, much of who I am remains unnoticed at first glance, not because of insignificance but because of initial perception. Most of the people who know me have no clue I’m valedictorian I’m the kid making paper airplanes at the end of class. The rest don’t realize I “do more than just school” but are pleasantly surprised to see me dancing around as Risky Business Tom Cruise for Halloween or just hanging out all over town on weekends. I like to think that ambidexterity helps me juggle these different parts of myself without letting anything go.
The essay, of course, is the scary part (ominous drum plays). The Common Application asks that you write one essay on one of six topics that change often. So your older brother may be able to score you an illegal beverage or two, but his old essay will do you no good.
The UC admissions department has provided helpful brainstorming questions both with this prompt and in a worksheet guide they offer on their web site.
I was considering using something a bit of wisdom I learned from a relative while sitting in the car as the topic for my essay for Prompt #6. My essay would go on to try to show how it helped me become a hard worker. Would this topic be too cliche?