Personal essay

College Essay: No longer running away

Breathing rapidly, tears streamed down my face. “I can't do this anymore,” I say to myself.

Standing up, I walk to a random person sitting in the park.

Samira Mohamed

College Essay: Reading, writing and happiness

As a young Somali girl, the fictional worlds of “Junie B. Jones” and “Clarice Bean” were my escape.

Pay Poe

College Essay: Driven by my mother’s sacrifices

It was a humid summer day of my fourth year in America when I decided to apply for Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) to help me achieve my goal of a college education. 

College Essay: 6,373 miles to the ‘land of dreams’

The people on the plane reminded me of the soccer players and cartoon characters I saw on television. It was like another world. Not many people looked like me. 

College Essay: The value of education

The scorching heat and blazing sun signified the first day of summer break in 2015. I had just completed my seventh-grade year and my report card finally arrived in the mail. 

Heidi Sanchez Avila

College Essay: ‘A rainbow of identities’

I felt like I was in a whole new world. This was the first time I was attending a Pride event.

College Essay: Raising my voice and gaining confidence

On a humid day in June, I landed in Boston, feeling tense. I was away from home, away from my family. I was scared.

College Essay: ‘Wherever you come from does not define you’

When I tell people I live in north Minneapolis, their eyes often get wide. 

Zong Xiong

College Essay: Honoring a father and his legacy

I hate the smell of hospitals. The pungent, sterile odor of the place where some people go to die takes me back to the year I turned 7 years old. 

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