Some were conversational, some sarcastic, some compellingly serious—but they all forged a powerful human connection with us: the readers.
They helped to set these students apart in our applicant pool because we could picture them as human beings and community members.
I am also impressed by Oberlin’s Creativity and Leadership Project.
I’ve been a bit of an entrepreneur ever since second grade when I made a dollar producing and performing The Runaway Bunny for my extended family.
It’s an amazing space and the students I chatted with spoke highly of their professors.
I became truly interested in issues of sustainability during my volunteer work in the Hudson River Valley, and everything I’ve learned about Oberlin makes it seem the ideal place for me to continue exploring and building upon those interests.The Trinity College liberal arts curriculum also reflects this unique pairing of the modern South and the global past.For example, I am considering a major in history, and am very interested in the combination of geographic and thematic areas of study offered by Duke’s history program.The Gothic architecture and tree-shaded walks created an atmosphere of peaceful but serious reflection.The place is at once Southern — which, as an Alabamian, is important to me — and universal as it reflects the traditions of Europe and the classical world.We realize that the process (unless you drop one "s" and swap the other..joke? So it's our pleasure to share with you some essays penned by recent applicants to Tufts—essays that stuck with us, essays that mattered.What we love about these pieces is that they capture the distinct voices of the applicants.Early in my college search I learned that I prefer a liberal arts college to a larger university.The collaboration between the faculty and undergraduate students, the sense of community, and the flexible, interdisciplinary nature of the curriculum are all important to me.They made us pause to laugh, think, or shout to the nearest fellow reader, "This student is incredible." We hope that these essays will inspire you to find your unique voice as you craft your stories in the months to come and even—dare we say it? Most college applicants fail to put adequate time into a supplemental college essay.