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Writing my essay was like searching for an obscure jewel that was buried deep inside me. I wanted the essay to show readers the essence of my creative self-expression. To help me “find” the essay, my college guidance counselor held the flashlight while I did the digging! Finally, I struck the roots of my very own family tree, most notable, my grandmother Gwennie, the first woman in our family to go to college and one of the rare African American women in her small upstate New York town to become a college graduate. The essay I wrote is my personal statement and is also a tribute to my grandmother’s bold style and courage that became the inspiration of my essay and has also served to inspire me as a young black woman.
— Chloe Pinkney, Attending Skidmore, Best College Essays 2014
My thinking spot is atop my horse because my horses are my thing and the barn is my place. On my horse, Khedar, my mind wanders; I let it float around, branch out, pursue different avenues, and perhaps most important, I allow it to backtrack. During this stage, I dictate the piece in my head: I match the cadence of the my sentences to the rhythm of his canter, punctuate them with his transitions, and become fully consumed by ideas, language and the gentle movement beneath me. And then I write.
–Charlotte Knopp, Best College Essays 2016
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