If I could bring anyone from history back to life, it would be the fearsome pirate Blackbeard.
My favorite book is the one I’m going to write some day. Whether it’s learning to walk with a prosthetic leg, surviving a flood that destroyed your home, or coping with depression, any significant challenge is made up of many smaller challenges.Explore a few specific moments that convey the larger struggle. Try telling the story without naming the challenge. There is a very fine line between working side by side with people from another community, and watching the whole experience from a distance, from the point of view of privilege.The best place to talk about anomalies in your school record, simply and matter-of-factly, is in the Additional Information section of the Common Application (or other app).It’s also helpful to talk to your counselor and ask if they are able to write about this in their recommendation letter.Many students have blips in their high school records, and you want to explain them.But your personal essays should be about your character, not your academic record.I know doggone well I ain’t learn about NO diseases on ER. Writing a good college admissions essay is a mixture of luck and just straight-up sorcery. Nobody is banging out an essay in twenty minutes and doing a celebratory backflip out their bedroom window just to bring it all home. All I do know is that you should never, under any circumstances, start your essay off with one of these… If I had to describe myself in three words, they would be “anxious,” “itchy,” and “hungry.” 2. I know I’m late, but time is a social construct and your arbitrary “application deadline” means nothing in the vast chaos of an unfeeling universe. BUT I musta cobbled this together the night before my application was due. “Ideals and principles.” I musta been tryna make the essay longer to make it seem better. Not only was it badly-written but I clearly didn’t become a doctor (see: the fact that I was bullshitting).Procrastination has been one of my skills for a very long time. I bet I set the margins to this essay to 2 inches around the border too. “My desire does not warrant itself on what my family thinks, but because I genuinely like to help people. “I have not decided yet, but emergency medicine is one of the medical areas that I am considering. “The diseases the doctors deal with and treat are real, and it proves to be an educational show. I was Psychology Pre-Med when I started college but after getting the first Ds of my academic career back to back in Chemistry 1 and 2, I dropped that pre-med with a quickness. The one thing that I DID mean in this essay was that I wanted to help people in some way and today, I help folks laugh. Have any of you gone back to read some of your high school and college essays?