Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.
By Danielle Phan, Marketing Operations Coordinator, Story2
I stood at the base of the bleachers in the school gym, alongside seven other seniors, in front of the entire freshman class. We were to introduce ourselves as their peer advisors, talk a little bit about our interests and activities, and mostly express to the freshmen how thrilled we were to be working with them that year. I imagined myself in their shoes, three years earlier when I was a rising freshman. I was horrified to be starting high school -- at a new school, in a new neighborhood -- and I had no idea what to expect. I remembered what the seniors looked like when they introduced themselves to me: poised, confident, and, most of all, kind. I wanted to be just like them. I stepped up, raised my hand, and said, “Hey! I’m Danielle!”
It’s true of all admissions and supplement essays—and especially this prompt—that you need to get past the obvious to write an essay that shows admission officers who you are.