Common App Essay 2014

The story of my junior year in high school could be told through three meals: The first night of Hanukkah, my mother was making latkes when my father sat down and announced, “I have cancer.” We dipped our Pepperidge Farm cookies in chamomile tea the night my mother whispered, “It doesn’t look like Daddy’s getting better.He wants to come home.” And the night before my father died, he propped himself up to eat a bowl of minestrone soup.These are the topics which need straight from heart and mind thoughts to flow in form of words.They do not have anything to do with your high or low SAT/ACT scores or your previous academic achievements.

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All of the black students were sitting on my left, talking to themselves.

It takes time to find the type of mistakes you want to talk about, but I assure you: it works.

Education research shows that the strongest predictor of a student’s success is how detailed and specific their picture is of the future.

Application essays about challenges reveal how you respond to difficulty, and are very powerful. In fact, it’s the most complex and nuanced of the Common App prompts.

It gives you the chance to reflect and show your ability to learn from your experiences.

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