The Serbs and Montenegrins are people of complicated histories, and as I watch the documentaries my father made during the civil war there, I am gripped with fear and fascination.
Those strange people can be so hateful. They cry and beat their hearts at the thought of Serbian loss in the Battle of Kosovo in This kind of nationalism makes me cringe.
I do not want to be that way. But is there not something beautiful in that kind of passion and emotion? What does it say of me that I sometimes cannot help but romanticize something I know to be destructive and oppressive?
This is why I worry. They are not me, I tell myself, and I am right. But can they not be just a part? Can they not be a tiny sliver, or maybe even a sizeable chunk, comparable even to the American in me? Must I relegate them to nothing at all? For if those shoes, the ones my grandfather bent to tie in the middle of that blazing battlefield in France, are not mine, then why do I think of them so often? Tommy Bowden Porter Corners, N. My head was spinning, my hands were bleeding, and my lungs desperately needed more air.
The air was filled with the shouts of men dying and steel clashing with steel. To my right an old man lay dead, missing an arm. My men were pouring out of the breach in full retreat. The sole occupant of the auditorium was a tall, bald, British man with a terrifyingly condescending demeanor.
He was my Shakespeare coach. The most minuscule mistake never escaped his notice. I emerged inflamed with the drive for victory. Every word I uttered was a strike against the French. Every heartfelt delivery of that carefully choreographed routine was ground gained at Harfluer. I fought passionately with that ancient text, but my coach cut me off again.
Do it again. I put forth all my effort, but again he stopped me. I performed it countless times over, but with each rendition the quality exponentially worsened. Finally, he told me to stop. We had done all we could for today. I stepped off stage and collapsed into a chair, angry and defeated. I was here to prove to myself that I could accomplish something momentous. I was born with two speech impediments. Participating in theatre was the last thing anyone expected of me.
Yet I wanted to sway crowds with my voice, make them cry, laugh and shout for joy. I was a terrified year-old the first time I stepped on stage, and equally frightened moments before I finally performed at Lincoln Center. I walked slowly to my position full of fear, but when the spotlight hit my face, there was no trepidation, only a calmness and quiet determination.
In that moment all the long hours of struggle fell into place. I had already accomplished what I had set out to do before my final performance. Just being there, having worked as hard as I had, made all the worry dissipate. It was just me and the light. As I sat there and the lights in the theatre clicked off one by one, the setting sun cast a beam of orange sunlight directly center stage.
I pretended to watch myself perform in that light, pacing to and fro, shouting heroically to my men and charging headlong into battle, into victory. I looked back down at the memento.
Then something clicked. Henry V never lost hope and neither would I. So I went once more to the stage. Nathaniel Colburn Aliso Viejo, Calif. Keeping my head down and avoiding eye contact, I tried not to attract attention. Drunken shrieks and moans reverberated through the darkening light of the bus stop, while silhouettes and shadows danced about. My heart pounding, I hoped I would survive the next 40 minutes. I had never seen the homeless at the stop act so deranged.
But I had never been there so late. It was well past sundown. A man passed out on the next bench awoke only to shout and drink. For Stanford! Is it possible to get into so many first-class universities with a single essay? Music and math. The sentences are long. The paragraphs are long.
The entire essay goes against the simplicity tips you get from any writing guide. The difference is that this student can write long sentences. Plus, he talks about math being present in music.
And football. How cool is that? If you have an ongoing issue that is prohibiting you from submitting your application on time, please contact the Hamilton Office of Admission admission hamilton. I am a school official and am having difficulty submitting my school forms through Naviance, The Common Application, or The Coalition Application systems.
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Does my statement distinguish me from others? Is my statement positive, up-beat, and confident? Have I been selective? Have I introduced any controversial material? Have I expressed myself clearly and concisely? Note: The reality of the process often forces committees to read the first and last lines of your paragraphs. Short paragraphs force them to know more about you. Is my statement well written in standard essay format—i. Do I have smooth transition sentences that link my paragraphs together?
Is my statement a true representation of myself? Does it sound like me? And, is it personal?
I am a school official and am having difficulty submitting my school forms through Naviance, The Common Application, or The Coalition Application systems. You should read all of our emails and pay particular attention to instructions and deadlines. My eyes were fixed on her as she left the train and headed for the stairs. For that girl, she was a vertebra away from not having another chance. Drugs, alcohol, missing limbs were no longer terrifying. I pretended to watch myself perform in that light, pacing to and fro, shouting heroically to my men and charging headlong into battle, into victory.
The first paragraph makes several important points.
I will never forget the man who gave me his secret stash of candy, or the night that we celebrated a birthday with a tuna sandwich as the cake, a Q-tip for the candle, and how they sliced it for everyone to share. I was here to prove to myself that I could accomplish something momentous. Here is a sampling of the terrific college essays written by Hamilton students in the Class of reprinted with their permission.
This time, though, the highways were too congested to get there safely. As his neighbors ransacked his home, his wife had thrust his good pair of shoes at him. Does it strive to learn? Are you making common or uncommon connections?
Like the prompt says, be open and honest, but also be concise, specific, and know why you would like to attend Hamilton College specifically, not why you want to go to a liberal arts school in general. When I see patients trapped in not only the hospital but also a moment in time by their diseases, I talk to them.
Those ahead of him were blown to bits. On the day my first novel was rejected, I was baking pies. This time, though, the highways were too congested to get there safely. Many different students are accepted to colleges each year with many different types of essays. Early in my college search I learned that I prefer a liberal arts college to a larger university. Looking for the Essay Guides?
Follow up packages will be mailed to accepted students only. We visit every two or three years or so. To apply for a deferral, you first need to be enrolled at Hamilton by having submitted your enrollment deposit by May 1.
She loved helping people and went to church. In slow motion, one vertebra at a time, she fell through the gap toward the tracks as the train doors closed. Volunteering at a cancer treatment center has helped me discover my path. Like the prompt says, be open and honest, but also be concise, specific, and know why you would like to attend Hamilton College specifically, not why you want to go to a liberal arts school in general. Then, he talks about his failures.
She pursues her want instead of her need. I plan to major in Environmental Studies at Oberlin. We are generally supportive of gap-year requests and feel strongly that students should be encouraged to explore opportunities that are important to them before pursuing their Hamilton career. The supplemental college essay, however, needs to be different for every application. You should read all of our emails and pay particular attention to instructions and deadlines.