Tackling a College Essay
Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
Born free in post-Apartheid South Africa, I was fattened on Ubuntu by Beauty Sibisi, my illiterate, Zulu caregiver and other-mother. Read More
Looking into the deep pool of bright blue eyes was mesmerizing. I was drawn to him in a way that I was drawn to no other child. Read More
If you'd like to share a perspective you bring or experiences you've had to help us understand you better—perhaps related to a community you belong to, your sexual orientation or gender identity, or your family or cultural background—we encourage you to do so.
For fourteen years, I’ve bounced down a gravel drive to the little studio in the big woods. And for fourteen years I know that once I jimmy open the green door, I’m safe from the monsters stalking me, from chemistry exams to college applications. Read More
There is a Quaker saying: “Let your life speak.” Describe the environment in which you were raised—your family, home, neighborhood or community—and how it influenced the person you are today.
After a few moments of pensive silence, my mom exclaims “boudoir!” After that, my dad says “mirage,” and I shout, “foyer!” Read More
Briefly discuss a current global issue, indicating why you consider it important and what you suggest should be done to deal with it.
Last spring, I slipped off my shoes and covered my head with a light blue scarf before entering the Blue Mosque. With the light shining through the stained glass windows, I stood in amazement, marveling at the 20,000 intricately designed handmade tiles and the ingenuity of a structure built 400 years ago. Read More
Alice falls down the rabbit hole. Milo drives through the tollbooth. Dorothy is swept up in the tornado. Neo takes the red pill. Don’t tell us about another world you’ve imagined, heard about, or created. Rather, tell us about its portal.
The little figures of a "man" and "woman" are instantly recognizable. They are ubiquitous, and we are exposed to them and their representations of gender from our earliest memories. Read More
Describe any characteristics of your family or your community that have been important to your personal development.
In my neighborhood in Seoul, the garbage men came every Wednesday to set out the recycling bins. Everyone then emerged from their apartments, bags of saved-up trash in hand, and sorted the papers, plastics, vinyls, glasses, metals, styrofoam, and compost into their own colorful compartments. Read More