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College Essay: Ely Sandine

I am not sure why, in seventh grade, I chose to play the tuba. Perhaps it was due to a lack of confidence in spelling the words “Alto Saxophone” or “Piccolo.” Or maybe it was like my decision to study Mandarin over Spanish and I wanted to challenge myself. More likely, I was trying to

College Essay: Liana Chow

  Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.   My legs kick out into a split for a grand jeté, and I float in the air while the studio around

College Essay: Alice Cheng

Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.   “Growing Up At the Firm”   In the heart of Manhattan’s Chinatown, an eight-story building sandwiched between a dilapidated for sale property

College Essay: Emma Bernstein

Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story. I was raised on soy lattes and anatomy coloring books. My mother was an art teacher at an elementary school, and my father

College Essay: Johnathan Rafailov

Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story. Superstitious Security My mother takes a plain, perfect chicken egg and orbits it around my head five times. As she does this, she

College Essay: Shannon Daniels

What matters most to you and why? My family is a blend of roast pork with rice, corned-beef, and cabbage: we consume culture just as much as food. We visit relatives for Christmas dinners as well as honor the Buddhist tradition of laying out a picnic beneath a loved one’s tombstone. Of all the things

College Essay: Nicole Senderovich

Have you ever accomplished something that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood? Which skills are inherently adult? Whether it’s making independent decisions, taking responsibility for one’s actions, or achieving a heightened degree of maturity, the mindset of an adult becomes difficult to categorize if we look to society for answers; perhaps the point at

College Essay: Arina Bykadorova

Homeland Security The symbol of the United States, inscribed in gold on my new passport, is a bald eagle. I lay it next to my Russian passport, which is red and worn. It also sports an eagle, but the two-headed eagle of tsarist Russia, a throwback to pre-Soviet times – an ancient symbol. I admire

College Essay: Edric Huang

When I was seven, my parents constantly asked one another, “Why is Edric always walking on his bed?” And for good reason: I would run atop my Pokemon-spotted sheets without a care for the dust bunnies clinging to my feet. Flailing my arms with the ebbs and flows of my imagined dialogue, I sashayed across

College Essay: Mandy Wong

Discuss your current interests—academic or extracurricular pursuits, personal passions, summer experiences, etc.—and how you will build upon them here. “I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.” – Michelangelo In true Renaissance fashion, Michelangelo was a master of many trades. A sculptor, painter, architect, engineer, and poet, he was

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