Sunday, June 23, 2013

Stanford posts 10 First Lines of College Essays That Worked

10 Opening Lines from Stanford Admission Essays

  1. -- I change my name each time I place an order at Starbucks.
  2. -- When I was in the eighth grade I couldn't read.
  3. -- While traveling through the daily path of life, have you ever stumbled upon a hidden pocket of the universe?
  4. -- I have old hands.
  5. -- I was paralyzed from the waist down. I would try to move my leg or even shift an ankle but I never got a response. This was the first time thoughts of death ever cross my mind.
  6. -- I almost didn't live through September 11th, 2001.
  7. -- The spaghetti burbled and slushed around the pan, and as I stirred it, the noises it gave off began to sound increasingly like bodily functions.
  8. -- I have been surfing Lake Michigan since I was 3 years old.
  9. -- I stand on the riverbank surveying this rippled range like some riparian cowboy -instead of chaps, I wear vinyl, thigh-high waders and a lasso of measuring tape and twine is slung over my arm.
  10. -- I had never seen anyone get so excited about mitochondria.

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