College Essays from WMS Seniors

Read actual essays from WMS seniors, presented by Ryan Aldrich

For many, the college essay is one of the most difficult parts of the application process. Its creation is evolutionary, beginning with a small incident or moment of personal growth and expanding into an incredible story. What started as an idea many months ago during their junior year burgeoned into colorful stories intended to communicate something meaningful and important about themselves; a chance to provide insight to admission counselors into who the students are beyond just test scores and grades. A few weeks ago, seven intrepid seniors stood before the school community at morning reading and shared their college essays. It is a privilege to guide students in their search for stories to share. I am proud of the work our seniors have put forth and am delighted that some of them have chosen to share their essays with you.

– Ryan Aldrich, Director of College Counseling

“My relationship to a Snickers bar was like no other. It would be there to satisfy me no matter what. Whatever mood I was in, it was there to make my taste buds feel amazing and immediately make me happy. I took one everywhere I went and I would even call it my best friend. That crunchy, nougaty center was like a therapist when I was having a bad day. It would not be until my freshman year in high school that I realized this was an issue.”
“Backing away from the edge, my life became a sad story, afraid of fulfilling my past promise to myself. I was never one to take risks in life, or do anything out of the ordinary in my daily routine. When I entered high school, I vowed I would take some risks, to experience those moments of feeling alive, rather than simply living.”
“Why hadn’t I turned out more Hispanic? I mean, my parents did everything in their power to instill the morals, ethics, traditions, and values that had been passed down through the generations from their parents, but I hadn’t turned out Hispanic enough. At least, this is usually how I felt during family gatherings or when my parents introduced me to their Hispanic friends.”
“Writing. Regardless of how good or bad my writing is, it is something I love and cherish. Writing has always been fun and never felt like a chore. It allowed me time for expression. However, I always received three criticisms about my writing: run on sentences, clarity, and my lack of enthusiasm for using Standard English. […] I always believed that my teachers and peer editors were wrong when they evaluated my papers. They did not know what they were talking about because I knew I was the best writer alive.”
“When I was five, I already thought I was in over my head. My family and I had just moved to London, and if I was going to be in a class with students my own age, I would have a lot of catching up to do, especially in reading fundamentals. I spent the majority of evenings that first fall with my dad.”
“I remember the first day I climbed up into that big red fire truck. I felt so tall and grown up sitting in the seat next to my smiling dad as he drove us to the parade. That day, I saw him from a different perspective. To me, he was the coolest guy in the world.”
“Clearly avoiding the handle inches away, the sweaty, heart-pumping, athletes push the glass exit door to return home after their workout. As I see their hands come off the glass, the oil and sweat remain to make yet another greasy hi-five waiting for reciprocation. Regardless of how many times I would wipe down that window with a handful of paper towels and Easy-Off, it was inevitable that another handprint would come. Constantly cleaning the gym, weight-room, and everything left behind, I have felt what it’s like to have a “rough day at work.” Gaining empathy for workers who deal with other’s mess, bad attitude, and inconsiderate actions shattered my adolescent perspective on how areas were kept tidy and ordered.”

Connor Sledzik

“In short I had made a drastic, last minute decision to be where I am now, in Littleton, NH at The White Mountain School with 113 other students in grades 9-12 all engaged in a progressive approach to education with discussion based classes and an outdoors program that is considerably one of the largest in the nation. I think I’ve found where I can flourish. Great risk reaps extraordinary rewards.”

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