About Me

My name is Spencer. I'm 23 years old, and I'm a junior at Princeton. So far college has taken me five years. I've taken time off to work, transferred to USC and come back, and learned a lot along the way.

I like to think about life and what I'm going to do with mine.

I've met a lot of people my age with the same sorts of thoughts so feel free to read, take surveys, and comment.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Eddie Murphy's College Essay

So I was driving home yesterday when I saw a recent billboard for a movie coming out next week. It seemed pretty relevant to college applications. Perhaps this is what we should be told when writing our college application essays.

This January, Make 'em count!

As funny as this is... it's actually fairly true. For everybody above a certain GPA and SAT score range, the only thing that really separates students are the essays (or athletics and money and other "unknown factors"). But, seriously, for how much emphasis, importance, and stress that surround college applications, we really do have to act as if each word actually may change our lives. How on earth are we supposed to sum up ourselves in far less than 1,000 words, and in that small space, convince a room of adults that we're better than another 18 year old kid? As far as I can tell, we're just like Eddie Murphy up there... with tape on our mouths, prisoners to the ever increasing pressure and intensity of life and college applications.

Ironic, isn't it? We kids spend our whole lives on the computer writing papers, surfing the internet, and easily chatting with friends... it makes us forget that words have an impact and that the internet can bite you in the ass... And after all 18 of our years spent easily deleting messages, we have to pour all we have into less than 1,000 words that really, really matter.

1 comment:

  1. As a private college counselor, I agree with you. That is why I stress to students that writing a great essay that allows a college to get to know you better might be your ticket into college. I think students need to take more time to brainstorm the topic they choose and look for what is truly unique about them. That is what sells a student as a college applicant and can make the difference between acceptance, deferral, and rejection.