That allowed us to be slightly more selective than Princeton itself was last year. 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. For anyone looking to inspire their own children or grandchildren who are seeking to go to college in the fall of , these four essays would be a good place to start.
Yours is not the only college essay that will be read by the same person, or perhaps the same committee. You need to sing your own praises without sounding cocky. Make the essay BEARable to read. Yep, I went there again. You are original, so blending in with a hundred other applicants who Googled the same Eleanor Roosevelt quote is not a good strategy. By the way, that quote story is a real-life example. By the time I had read the seventh one, I had lost my sense of humor about the situation.
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