Pick something about New York City that intrigues or excites you and describe why. “Look!” I exclaimed as I wildly waved my bucket and spade in the air, “Mom, look at the sandcastle I made!” My mother let out an amused chuckle. “Interesting, but what else can you make?” she asked with a twinkle in … Read moreConey Island and the American Dream
Tell us about a book, artwork, or lab experiment that changed the way you see the world. What was it about the work that affected you? How did your world become different? Dare to be weird. It’s a simple philosophy, really. Writing-wise, I’ve never been content with clichés, and I try to avoid sappy at … Read moreDare to be Weird
College application personal statement One Way Out of Gym, the mystery of a murdered gym teacher, is not a timeless classic. It’s a novel that spent zero weeks on The New York Times Bestseller List. There’s only one copy—I published it myself. Few care about Detective Charley or the gym teacher’s demise. But that doesn’t … Read moreThe Art of the One-Month Novel
Discuss a department you’re interested in. I am quadrilingual. Sure, it sounds fancy, but as a biracial child of two immigrants, being quadrilingual feels natural to me. English. My mother tongue. No explanation required. As an infant my mom would teach me words by holding up a ball and saying, “Ball, qui, bala.” I’d learn … Read moreQuadrilingual
Please write a letter to your roommate. Dear roommate, Don’t be afraid if you hear noises at night. It’s probably just my muse going out for a walk. I know, she’s really loud. But she never listens to me when I tell her to keep it down. And she’ll be back in the morning, so … Read moreMaking Space for My Muse
Pose an original question and answer it. Pose an original question and answer it.The traditional greetings of the hipsters in my area never really caught on with me. A “What’s popping?” or “Holla at yo’ boy?” coming out of my mouth would’ve screamed “trying too hard,” so I always refrained. Instead, my greeting of choice … Read moreWhat do you know?