Two years ago I was in your shoes, staring at the 650-word Common App Essay and a mountain of supplements.
The essays, you are told over and over again by teachers, counselors, admissions officers and the ever reliable College Confidential, are where you get to show your personality.
I found myself through thousands of drafts, each a different version of me.
If you trust the process, and be honest with yourself, you can find yourself too.
I gave thanks to the people whose shoulders I’m standing on today.
I rediscovered how much my parents love me, and how much I love my parents.This is all to say, dear senior, vulnerability in your essays pays off. Let it envelope you and your state of mind as you open that Google Doc.You’re writing for admissions officers, yes, but the more important audience is yourself.Treat them like precious time capsules you will one day open in the future.These kernels, results of deep soul-searching, will resonate with your audience, whether it’s a Yale admissions officer or your future 40-year-old self.After you have already discovered the primary objective of the essay about yourself, you can begin thinking over the structure and outline.Read the text below to understand what to write in your paper.It is possible to find people who have similar appearances, but we will never find identical personalities.I am going to prove this by taking the example of my character.It’s a snapshot into the mind of a 18-year-old, grappling with identity, figuring out what they want on the cusp of the world.This may all change—nothing you say in a college essay is set in stone—but in this moment at least, it sings true: beautiful, brilliant, and bold.