Essay Prompt: Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family. New Jersey always looked the prettiest in August. The intensity of the sun somehow magnifies the beauty of the green trees and blue lakes in my former hometown of Sparta. This beauty that I had taken for granted the past sixteen years that I now longed for was slowly fading into a distant memory, slipping through my windowpanes and folding into itself, no longer tangible to my familiar hand. The nostalgia and growing sadness seemed to personify itself through the array of pink flowers and green grass, which were wilting and overgrown. I packed my clothes, knowledge, and memories into a cardboard box and sat shotgun as my mother drove too fast down Route 280, thinking how easily we could’ve crashed; confused as to not knowing which fate I’d rather have happen first. At family parties, I repeatedly heard the word “settle.” This word had rung in my head the first night after moving away, reverberating off the walls of my skull. I was barely even moved in, let alone “settled”. I laid in bed, drowning in the fear and anxiety of the first day of school, at the thought of having to ”settle” with this fast-paced lifestyle and complications of my new home. While my mother remained in New Jersey, over sixty miles away, I lived Monday to Friday in New York with my father. My mother’s breast cancer required chemotherapy, radiation, and all the heartbreak in between, in addition to a full time job as a bus driver and mother. My formerly easygoing life in New Jersey seemed so far away compared to the burdens I was now balancing. With weekend visits to my mom throughout chemo and weeks spent with my dad, I was always missing someone. I guess I had underestimated the pain of “settling”. November began with the same dreary, bone-rattling chill as it always did. The overall mood in my house was always measured by the amount of Christmas decorations we had put up by Thanksgiving and the gradual dulling of my father’s perpetual twinkle in his eyes as his seasonal depression began to overcome him. The only thing missing from this otherwise normal scenario was the lack of my mother’s contagious cheerful attitude, which my father and I had tried to reciprocate to her as she started chemo. Around Thanksgiving, my mother’s stationary spot in the kitchen
January 20, 2015
College is worth it
Do you ever stress about going to college? Worry About the cost? Scared if you’re going into the wrong field of study? College is very important to go to now a days because a lot more jobs are requiring a college education. College is worth the time and money to go through. I believe everyone should go to college and get a degree. In this essay I will be explaining why it’s important to go to college and why it’s worth having…
22 May 2013
A typical morning in Vietnam began with my mother gently waking me up. "Con ơi thức giậy đi", and she would drive me to school on her electric motorcycle through the crowds of people getting to work. The atmosphere always had a hot and humid feels to it, with the sweet aroma coming from the fruits that people sold on the side of the streets. I came from a middle class family in South Vietnam. My parents did not have the chance to go to college, but they worked very…
Question: What is one important question you wish we had asked?
College admission essays all have a common theme of, “tell me what I want to hear.” Why do you want to attend our college? What are your plans for the future? Tell us a little about yourself, and so the list goes on. In reality, to know about a student you have to give them a prompt that lights a fire within their imagination. Let them dig into their mind and put everything on that paper, have their deepest thoughts typed…
The Influence of Culture
UW English 131
UW English 131
So many things in today’s society can influence the person you are and will become. Things we watch on T.V. influence today’s younger generations greatly. We see the way people act on T.V. and we try to impersonate that character whether ‘tis bad or good. I’m originally from Germany and because of that and my mother and grandmother being German we celebrate holidays the…
Education has always been important to me, especially since no one in my family has ever graduated from college. I have faced several obstacles growing up and even though many people, even some of my own family members, thought I couldn't surpass them. My hardships have given me the drive to remain focused on my ultimate goal: achieving higher education.
My mother's struggle and her experience have been an inspiration for me. My mother had a difficult childhood and only received…
Many people would probably describe a place where they are perfectly content as an open field or their bed or maybe even the park, but not me, the place where I am most satisfied in my life is the baseball field. I know many people believe that would be crazy because of the yelling, noises and action, but honestly, those aspects are what makes this place so amazing for me. The smell of freshly cut grass, the sound of the glove popping when the ball…
If you were to look back on your high school years, what advice would you give to someone beginning their high school career? What would you tell the children that are about to experience there life, how it is in high school. This essay will explain how high school is now, and how it was when I entered high school. This advice I am giving the students will let them understand that high school is serious, not a joke.
When, I first started high school…
College Essay Rough Draft
A motto that I’ve truly lived by through various obstacles thrown at me is, “it isn’t failure that defines you it is how you get back up that does.” I honestly do not even remember where I first heard this but as a dedicated athlete, I’ve been through my fair share of setbacks. I am a really serious runner, and have been running since 8th grade, discovering a true love for the sport. I quickly realized I had varsity potential, and could do remarkable things in cross…
Dear Whomever it concerns,
As a kid I was always into school, and I liked learning new things. My parents always told me if I wanted to be something in life I would have to get an education, and to work hard in life for what I wanted. I took that in consideration, and that became my motivation to strive for my success. Since then I stayed focus in school and did my best to get good grades. I use to be easily distracted by things that made me procrastinate and sidetrack me from…
The question that I was given was why do I want to attend Virginia common wealth university? That question is the reason why I am dedicated to attend VCU. I love the fact that common wealth university has a lot of the basic courses I need in order to become a physical therapist. Not only does VCU have the basic four year courses there is also a medical school department, which I would love to enroll in after my first 4 years. VCU is a great school for me because…