Some of the best essays I have read over the years are listed below:
The Plight of Height (A Female Prospective)
The Oldest of Four (With 3 Younger Sisters)
Hair Twirler I Am
Bipolar and Proud
My Legs are Moving Again!
Grandpa, I Love You
Violin for Five Year Olds
The C Word Doesn't Scare Me Anymore
Living Simply, No Facebook Page for Me
The college essay can make or break your application. Perhaps the essay will not be read when you first apply but when it comes down to you or another oh yes, those words will matter!
Selecting the topic for your essay can be difficult but if you enlist the aid of those that know you best, it can be a fun exercise in walking down memory lane. Ask your parents or siblings or cousins, if they can recall one really funny or life changing moment/event from your life. You would be surprised what people remember that you have not thought of in years. Although writing the actual essay can be just like doing another homework assignment it can also be an exercise in self-reflection.
Keep one thought in mind : Leave them laughing or shaking their head - in other words - picture an admissions rep. sitting at home sipping some tea trying desperately to get through reading all the applications assigned to them when all of a sudden they come across your essay and they are laughing or shaking their head in awe. Remember that admissions rep from two days before sipping tea at 10:00 at night trying to catch up on their work? You can be sure that will now they will have much to say about you when they present your application at the admissions review table.
*** One last essay I read you might relate to - young man was a referee for the township soccer team which found him on the field with youngsters between the ages of 6 and 10 - his essay spoke of one game where he found himself dealing with two little boys that were both crying - one was crying because he was being put out of the game for poor sportsmanship and the other, because he had missed a goal - this young man spoke of the incident and then, shared how he had to think quickly helping one player feel better about themselves and the other, had to be disciplined - it was a wonderful essay that showed growth, compassion and clearly, a quick thinking!