What she does is that she listens very carefully to what you have assigned her to do, and as a response to that, she says, ‘Well, let me ask you this! Kumar will take the stage as Marty in the Bronx Science production of “Grease,” and she’ll collect her diploma on June 21. “She is that person who is always going to give an interesting answer, even to the most boring question,” he said.
What she does is that she listens very carefully to what you have assigned her to do, and as a response to that, she says, ‘Well, let me ask you this! Kumar will take the stage as Marty in the Bronx Science production of “Grease,” and she’ll collect her diploma on June 21. “She is that person who is always going to give an interesting answer, even to the most boring question,” he said.In the fall, she’ll attend Cornell, for which she wrote no essays about the university’s level of affluence. For anyone looking to inspire their own children or grandchildren who are seeking to go to college in the fall of 2014, these four essays would be a good place to start.
What these four writers have in common is an appetite for risk.
Not only did they talk openly about issues that are emotionally complex and often outright taboo, but they took brave and counterintuitive positions on class, national identity and the application process itself.
“One of the things that makes this essay is her tone,” he said.
“It could have been, ‘Princeton should be poorer,’ but she opens it as an inquiry.
“When I visit my friends, I see the names of elite institutions adorning the living room walls,” wrote Mr. “I am conscious that these framed diplomas are testaments to the hard work and accomplishments of my friends’ parents and siblings. received plenty of essays about the immigrant experience. Li risked writing one of many stories about long odds and hard work in an unfamiliar, unforgiving place. I think he’s proud of his accomplishments and work ethic, but there’s also a humility each day when he takes off his preppy blue blazer in front of his mom.”The essay by Ana Castro, an 18-year-old senior at the Doane Stuart School in Rensselaer, N.
Nevertheless, the sight of them was an irritating reminder of the disparity between our households. But he did not fall into that trap and will be attending N. Y., is about not quite arriving, in spite of having been born in the United States.“But here’s somebody who knows he can make it work with intelligence and humor.”Indeed, Mr. “It originates in a critical habit of mind, and the kind of mind that is in this essay is going to play out extremely well in any class that he’s in.”Admissions professionals often warn people not to think that they can write their way into the freshman class.Cranberg’s essay includes asides about applicants’ gullibility and the college that sent him a DHL “priority” envelope, noting inside that he was a priority to the college. “The essay is one document that, even in the best of circumstances, is written by an individual telling one story,” said Shawn Abbott, the assistant vice president for undergraduate admissions at New York University.I told its spokesman, Martin Mbugua, that other schools had commented on their own applicants once the students gave them permission, but he was unmoved. Kumar suggested that her grades might not have been quite high enough, but Mr.Bauld contended that Princeton should have been swayed by her words.I was not the upper-middle-class kid on Park Avenue. Instead of diplomas and accolades, my parents’ room emits a smell from the restaurant uniforms they wear seven days a week, all year round.”Mr. And her essay for Hamilton College, which she will attend in the fall, centers on her desire to serve in the Peace Corps.It opens with a joke about her hating clowns and leeches and tells a sad story of a visit to the Dominican Republic, where her father refused to let her play with the destitute boy next door.“I don’t believe that any one writing sample should trump what they did over four years.” Still, he acknowledged that his staff had been taken with the story told by Lyle Li, a 19-year-old Brooklyn resident who applied this year.He wrote about his family’s restaurant and his mother, an immigrant from China who once wanted to be a doctor and now works behind a cash register. “His essay brought his family’s circumstance and background into Technicolor,” Mr. “He paints a very vivid picture of what life is really like in his home.It should capture your genuine personality, explaining who you are beyond a series of grades, test scores, and after-school activities.But that’s not nearly as scary as it seems, because you get to choose what to share and how to share it.