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Student Essay Example: Person of Influence

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 21, 2016 2:55:07 PM / by Story2 Guest Author posted in High School and College, Community

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This blog is part of a series featuring supplemental college admission essays written and approved for publication by Story2 students. This essay by Ricardo, a graduate from NYU, was chosen because of its authentic dialogue, and use of the Story2 Moments Method, which emphasizes focusing on a specific moment, and the action taken by students to reflect a value and characteristic that’s unique and authentic.


By Ricardo, NYU ‘16

Prompt: Indicate a person who has had a significant influence on you, and describe that influence.

Covering his ears while walking past the Central Park carousel, Daniel began to hum a tune that greatly overwhelmed the carousel’s music. People walking down the street gave Daniel a second glance as he was running past the carousel. Daniel is my little brother. He is 10 years old and is diagnosed with Asperger’s. He typically watches the TV in our living room, but on any other TV, he covers his ears and hums a tune as if he is listening to a screeching melody that nobody else can hear. Daniel often sticks to me like a magnet, trying to figure out what I am doing. One minute I am alone in my room, doing my art homework, and the next minute I can feel Daniel’s breath on my back, and see his eyes absorbing the environment of my room. I put on Cartoon Network and whispered to myself, “I wish he would leave me alone.”

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Student Essay Example: Defining Moments for Wisdom

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 11, 2016 6:33:35 PM / by Story2 Guest Author posted in High School and College, Community

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This blog is part of a series featuring supplemental college admission essays written by Story2 students. This essay by Cecile, a student at USC, was chosen because of its effectiveness in focusing on specific moments that build one another and her reflection on how her experiences changed who she is in her pursuit for wisdom.

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Writing and Storytelling for UC Application Essay Prompts

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 10, 2016 6:33:00 PM / by Will Geiger posted in High School and College, Community

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“Just be yourself!” I told a student just the other day.

When I think about it, I have used that same line many times. I know it is the type of advice that is easier said than done, but there is a lot of truth to it. For high school students, the admissions process is a stressful and pivotal time of their life. It can be one of the first times when students make a major decision about what is important to them. How do I learn best? Do I want to be far away from home? What do I want to do with my life? These are all questions that students ask themselves in the admissions process and they are important questions.

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The Power of Community: Answering Greenlight Scholars Essay #2

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 7, 2016 6:08:41 PM / by Carol Barash, PhD posted in High School and College, Community

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A college is a community of diverse individuals. What is your ideal of community? What communities do you come from? How have those communities shaped and supported you and how have you shaped and supported those communities? What do you uniquely bring to your college community?

The community essay is an opportunity to show what community means to you, how you make a difference in your community today, and how you plan to get involved in your college community.

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Student Essay Example: Finding Stillness in Life

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 4, 2016 7:50:12 PM / by Story2 Guest Author posted in High School and College, Community

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This blog is part of a series featuring supplemental college admission essays written by Story2 students. Sophie’s essay was chosen because of its effectiveness in utilizing a driving question that weaves in specific moments where she builds and reflects on how her experiences are changing who she is and her unique perspectives. 

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