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Admissions Essay

Hiking Beyond Facebook and Xbox

Write for the Future | Posted 01.21.2015 | Education
Write for the Future

After reading only the first lines, I found exactly what I needed to defeat Obama. Yes, I'd clobber the candidate that my parents supported. Sprawled on my beanbag in the corner of my room, I opened my laptop, skipped Facebook and rushed to my new first stop --The Week. There it was, the headline: "Fast and Furious."

Merging Lenses: Humanities and Science

Write for the Future | Posted 01.15.2015 | Education
Write for the Future

I was in Egypt a year before the Arab Spring and saw deeply rooted social divisions well before the country cracked like an egg in January 2011. I stepped off of the plane into blistering Egyptian heat to meet my tour guide, Tarek. I

Searching for My Identity and the Right House

Write for the Future | Posted 01.08.2015 | College
Write for the Future

The unknown path in Peru is as liberating as my view of the future. I am excited with the feeling of not knowing where I am going. The foreign is as comfortable as the familiar. Thus, I am satisfied not knowing my dream house since I will keep creating it as I continue to evolve.

Being Thrown and Getting Back Up

Write for the Future | Posted 10.15.2014 | Education
Write for the Future

I felt like I was at a funeral, not in English, my favorite subject. Laughing faces turned into frowns. It took forever for her to reach me, returning a 72 on a piece about Who's Afraid of Post Blackness? This grade threw me as hard as my horse Braun had thrown me out of my tack.

Saturday Mornings Like Poetry

Write for the Future | Posted 08.27.2014 | Education
Write for the Future

by Ryan Shepard I remember when Saturday mornings were like poetry: the rainbow colored fruity pebbles sitting in my spoon, a fluffy teddy bear bri...

A Tale of Two Families

Write for the Future | Posted 08.06.2014 | Education
Write for the Future

By Ryan Colella The words "military" and "Indiana" scared me at first. I could not imagine myself in a state that felt foreign when my parents told ...

It's Not Easy Being Green

Write for the Future | Posted 07.09.2014 | Education
Write for the Future

By Chris Drakeford "It's not easy being green," In today's world, green is everywhere from supermarkets to car showrooms. But to be honest, I had not...

Hallways of Trouble and Classrooms of Success

Write for the Future | Posted 07.02.2014 | Education
Write for the Future

By: Jakobi Jackson Scene One: The Hallway of Trouble. "Hey you, I heard you were talking about me, bitch!" Mya yelled. She rushed straight to Susan a...

Conversations on Admitting: A Journey from Community College to the Helm of Admissions

Write for the Future | Posted 07.01.2014 | Education
Write for the Future

by David J Dent "Certainly experiencing life as a poor kid from the inner-city gives me a sensitivity to explain to the other staff members who have,...

An Entrepreneur's Hunger for Understanding

Write for the Future | Posted 06.25.2014 | Education
Write for the Future

by Francesca Polycarpe The radiant sun shone on my face as I moved through a swarm of people at a street fair. I squinted in a desperate attempt to...

Engaging Extracurriculars

Write for the Future | Posted 06.18.2014 | Education
Write for the Future

Twice a month the members of "pitch" sit in a quiet dark room during lunch. Every face assumes a blank stare for five minutes, as we sit in silence. ...

Bringing a Global Perspective to Campus

Write for the Future | Posted 06.11.2014 | Education
Write for the Future

Given your interests, values and goals, explain why Oberlin College will help you grow (as a student and a person) during your undergraduate years. (3...

Why Northwestern?

Write for the Future | Posted 05.29.2014 | Education
Write for the Future

by Hannah Kliot Junior year: I am in my bed reading Truman Capote's In Cold Blood, my mind wrestling to understand how two people could conspire to ...

My Reconciliation with the A-Word

Write for the Future | Posted 05.13.2014 | Education
Write for the Future

By Justin Schnell Two months before my Bar Mitzvah, I secretly went to my computer and googled "don't believe in God." I was driven to Google when I ...

My Friends - the Notebooks

Write for the Future | Posted 05.07.2014 | Education
Write for the Future

By Romea Noel My notebooks and I are inseparable. Look inside and you will find stories from a girl with a heart and a mind of her own. When I write,...

1000 Characters on a Work Experience

Write for the Future | Posted 04.29.2014 | Education
Write for the Future

Some people might not find managing the flow of golf carts exciting, but I do. The summer after my junior year, I began my first and current job as a ...

Values in Indecision over the N-Word

Write for the Future | Posted 08.25.2013 | College
Write for the Future

by Chris Drakeford "If it ends with an 'a' it's 'a'-ok" explained Todd, after seeing my face cringe when he referred to his white friend as "my nigg...

The Truth About College Admissions Essays

Kat Cohen | Posted 11.18.2012 | College
Kat Cohen

Colleges don't ask you to write essays because they want to make you miserable, they are asking because they want to hear from you! They want to get to know your background, interests, goals, triumphs, failures, likes, and aversions in your own voice.