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Top Voted College Essays

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#1
The power of words
In reflecting on the events of my life that have impacted me, I returned to the night of August 1, 2006. I found myself in Row G of Radio City Music Hall in New York City sitting by my mother, not at all tired, although we had flown from Las Vegas... (more »)
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The Bitter and the Sweet This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
The candy’s smooth wrapper crinkles as I trace its edges with my fingertips, imagining its contents. The wrapper tears like a fine fabric, revealing a corner of dark chocolate. I break off a piece and take pleasure in its creamy essence. I have... (more »)
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#3
Better Barbie This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This work has won the Teen Ink contest in its category.
I don’t have any alumni ties to Brown, though it’s possible I could be the long-lost granddaughter of James S. Miller. Never have I sailed the Pacific Ocean on the back of a humpback whale, nor can I wrap sushi with the skill of former... (more »)
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#4
Who Am I? This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
     I like reading The Economist and watching "I love the 80s." I like tennis, Fazoli's breadsticks and writing assignments. I value honesty, commitment, scholarship and kindness. These are hard and true facts,... (more »)
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#5
My Life Story This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
   When my life was quickly falling out of my hands and reality wasn't within reach, I felt helpless. I needed to find a way out somehow, someone or something to influence me in a better way by helping me out of the major hole I had... (more »)
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#6
My Mom This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
   As I thought about who had had the greatest impact on my life, I began to think of everyone who had been involved in my academic and athletic careers. I realized that I was looking in the wrong part of my life. These people have... (more »)
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#7
Failing Successfully This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
My day in the sun had arrived – my magnum opus would be revealed. I had just delivered a memorized speech that I had labored over for weeks, and I was about to learn how the panel judged my performance. The polite but sparse audience leaned... (more »)
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#8
Experience In My Life This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
   Today, I look back through vague but wonderful memories, memories of childhood, memories my mother and I share. I remember playing games, cards and putting together puzzles which I still have stored in my attic. Did you ever know... (more »)
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#9
My Hometown This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
   If a person were to look at Cutler, s/he would probably be reminded of a Norman Rockwell picture. The small-town atmosphere and caring people give it an old-fashioned quality that is not often duplicated. Surrounded by thick... (more »)
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#10
The Person Who Influenced Me The Most This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
   I opened the box and took out the gleaming gold bracelet. "For me?" I could barely talk. "Yes, of course," said my Aunt Estelle. I really shouldn't have been surprised because she was like that, unexpected... (more »)
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#11
My Dream This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
     As I sit here and attempt to piece together an answer for the question on this college application, I can’t seem to think of any openings that aren’t utterly cliché. Maybe even this opening is... (more »)
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#12
My Role Model
Many people have role models or people they look up to in their life. Whether it be a actress, super hero, sports star, or just someone you admire they inspire you and the decisions you make. For me, that person is my mom she is very beautiful,... (more »)
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#13
My Uncle, My Idol This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
   I still remember the first time I saw his face, which revealed his experiences in life. Ten years ago, on a snowy night, I met him in the grandest house I had seen at the young age of eight. The room was filled with people I... (more »)
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#14
Dance This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
   Dancing has been an important part of my life for more than eight years. When I was eight, my mother enrolled me in dancing classes, never realizing it would lead to anything serious. For the first few months, dance was... (more »)
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#15
Football This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
     Football, to me, is more than just a game. I have probably learned more valuable lessons from it than from school.When I joined the team freshman year, I didn’t realize what I was getting into. Even though I had... (more »)
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Culinary Institute of America This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
     I love everything about cooking. I love to be in the hot kitchen filled with the smell of rosemary being crushed, the odor of the pastries coming out of the oven, the Béarnaise sauce simmering in a pot ready to... (more »)
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