Writing a college essay is a precarious balancing act. In approximately 650 to 1,000 words, you have to reveal who you are while tailoring your self-image to what you think a panel of administrators are looking for.
Heed my words, friends, and you might be spared. Here’s a step-by-step guide that may help, but remember that the best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry.
Volunteering is a key part of interacting with the world around you and giving back to your community. Universities generally provide a variety of volunteer opportunities that allow students to dig in and contribute to their school and the surrounding area.
Being stuck on campus without a car feels confining, especially if your campus is rural or suburban. Isolated from any local off-campus hubs, it’s easy to feel helpless.
The aspect of college that terrified me more than anything else was having a roommate. More than being far from home, more than the course load, more than trying to make friends and put myself out there.
Once you have this all nicely sorted in your head, imagine all of the above, multiplied by three, happening simultaneously.
So, I took the logical choice and decided to graduate high school and enroll in college a semester early, with only winter break as a buffer between the two.
College, I thought, is the time of frat parties, football parties, and party parties. Parties for the sake of partying, parties attached to arcane, near-mystical collectives of fraternities and sororities, channeling some ancient power from millenia ago.