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College Essay: Art

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When it comes being born with a special talent, I struck out harder than I did back in peewee T-ball. I couldn't do a full split, I lacked the voice of an angel, and I certainly couldn't awe crowds of people with a flawless recital of Beethoven's third symphony.

College Essay: Blessed

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I won the lottery of life by being born into a world where I could be properly fed and clothed at all times. I live in a loving and supporting community, where education is so top notch that I sometimes take it for granted.

College Essay: Ask for Help

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I dropped my backpack onto my bed and ran to my phone. I answered on the very last ring and burst into a detailed explanation of my day only to hear sobs.

College Essay: Why College?

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The student diversity, social atmosphere, and melting pot of cultures at [college] will all enrich my learning experience. I would like to spend four years of my time at a place where I can both attain knowledge, and enjoy social life.

College Essay: Freezing Water

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"Why would you give up that little piece of heaven for a brutal, breath-robbing brainfreeze?!", my logical brain shouted utterly irritated. Against all odds, I slowly twisted the shower faucet all the way to the right. The watch on my wrist showed 6:03 am, November 2.

College Essay: Dreams

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Even before I was born, my parents helped shape the world I would live in. My parents instilled in me the values that would make me successful. When I was barely in diapers they held education above anything else in life.

College Essay: Married at 16

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I never imagined I’d get married at 16, but then again, I never thought I would ever complete four half marathons either. I still perfectly remember the day that I heard the wedding bells; a day that would change my life forever.

College Essay: Why this college?

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A double major has always been my goal, and I know [college] strongly encourages this. I know at this prestigious institution, I will receive the best education not only from the professors, but also from intelligent students from all over the world.

College Essay: Alice in Wonderland

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Cards, tea pots and chairs danced across my eyes in a chaotic yet ordinary pace as I walked down the street. The somehow familiar creatures gossiped an overwhelming buzz of incomprehensible whispers.

College Essay: Fear of Failing

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I nervously ripped open the purple, crinkly bag of Welch’s fruit snacks and proceeded to shove them in my mouth. The chew of the fruit snacks against my teeth, the sweetness, the contractions in my salivary glands from the tanginess: these feelings were bliss. But then, I finished the bag.

College Essay: Photography

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I gently press down on the button, keeping my finger in place as I listen to the mechanical twists and turns and wait for the beep. Once I hear the familiar sound, I press down once again and hear the quick snap of the shutter, and within seconds I am looking at a photograph.

College Essay: Movies

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Have you ever gotten so into a film that you forget where you are or what you are doing? Several times since junior year of high school I have been so engrossed by a movie that I’ll transform into the fictional character on the screen, and forget all about [Name], the 17 year old watching me.

College Essay: The Cognitive Wheels on the Bus

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It’s four o’clock in the morning and I’m sitting on a school bus.

Should be halfway there, I think to myself. One more hour? I close my eyes and silently review ideal gas laws in my head.

College Essay: Little Triumphs

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“You’re up” said the event coordinator. I was at one of my school’s café nights. This one, however, wasn’t just another café night. Well, at least for me. It was the night when I decided to ask a girl for prom date with my first solo singing performance. It was a scary thought.