Open Phones: Topical College Essays

Monday, December 10, 2012

Red Cross volunteers in Breezy Point, a month after Hurricane Sandy hit the area. Red Cross volunteers in Breezy Point, a month after Hurricane Sandy hit the area. (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

Some high school seniors had their college applications delayed by Sandy, and may be writing about the experience. What real-life events were in your essay? Call us at 212-433-9692 or leave a comment below. Plus, Don Fraser, Director of Education and Training at the National Association for College Admission Counseling, offers suggestions on how to best address the interruption. 

Comments [3]

Bob from Pelham, NY

My younger son wrote about how not one of the young people questioning President Obama during the MTV campaign interview asked about the war in Afghanistan, even as members of their own generation continue to fight and die after 10 years. With an older brother serving in the Army, he reflected on how this illustrated how unequally the burden of 10+ years of war has been borne by the country as a whole, and contrasted it with the way the Vietnam War dominated political discussion when his parents were applying to college.

Dec. 10 2012 11:13 AM
ASEastside from Manhattan, NY

As an independent college consultant for over 28 years, there is one winning suggestion I always make to my students. Find a personal quality/ character trait which defines who you are as a person, then find a narrative(story)to illustrate this quality. Fits perfectly with exactly what college admissions are eager to know--WHO ARE YOU?

Dec. 10 2012 10:14 AM
Dina Weinstein from Miami, FL

My friend in Chicago wrote in his college essays about participating as a student in the Chicago teachers strike.

Dec. 10 2012 10:09 AM

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