What was a difficult obstacle you encountered and how did you overcome it? / Topic of Your Choice This summer, while attending a camp designed for the best high school policy debate students in the country, I noticed that only one-fourth of the participants in this camp were female. In the three and a half … Read more How to Behave?
Topic of your choice The two party system of American politics is obsolete. Politicians need to recognize the futility of polarization and instead realize that it is moderation and increased openmindedness that better serves the interests of the public. Instead of only trying to prove the other side wrong, politicians should be more accepting of … Read more The Audacity of Openmindedness
Describe an aspect of your childhood/upbringing that shaped the person you are today. Describe an aspect of your childhood/upbringing that shaped the person you are today.In a navy blue Volvo station wagon my entire childhood evolved. Inside, memories rested alongside the hardened French fries and squashed fruit snacks that lined the plastic leather interior.Growing up … Read more A Newfound Nostalgia
Discuss some issue of personal, local, national, or international concern and its importance to you. “The world is flat.” When I was little, I never believed this line. I would always show off in class, proudly proclaiming: “The earth is a sphere!” But now, I see the line again, on the title of a book … Read more Is the World Flat?
It was a general Common Application essay, without any specific question in mind. Ode to a Dictionary (with acknowledgment to Pablo Neruda)You were a gift of language, given to me by my father eight years ago. My dad was traveling to Oxford that year to attend a lecture and asked if I wanted a present. … Read more Ode to a Dictionary (with acknowledgment to Pablo Neruda)
Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again? “If I were you, I’d take the white ones. They’d look nice with your purple trucks.” Chris, the sales assistant at the skate shop, was helping me choose some wheels for my … Read more Girl on Wheels
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. It happened out of sheer stubbornness. Seemingly overnight, I went from being a cross country runner to the girl on crutches. … Read more Common App Essay- Central Story
Evaluate a significant experience, achievement, risk you have taken, or ethical dilemma you have faced and its impact on you. I wish I could do it all but I’m no superwoman; I’m just an ordinary girl with 24 hours a day. Deciding to write and direct for DramaFest, an intra-school Drama competition, meant sacrificing other … Read more “We’ve Done It.”
Evaluate a signiﬁcant experience, achievement, risk you have taken, or ethical dilemma you have faced and its impact on you. My childhood dreams were built beside a bookshelf. Sitting cross-legged on the library floor immersed in science fiction, I dreamt of time-traveling tesseracts, of machines intelligent enough to raise families, of lunar colonies equipped with … Read more More Than Books
Topic of Your Choice. One of my greatest joys in the world is the feeling of ice crunching under my skates. I love playing ice hockey. It has been a major part of my life since I was seven years old. I started out figure skating, then one day I noticed the kids my age … Read more Unexpected Participant