College admissions essays: How does one set out to write 500-1000 words that could change his or her life forever? Just being the most unapologetic you that you can be is the best route, IMHO -- and it's a good bet one extremely happy Delaware student would offer the same advice.
Delaware teen Brittany Stinson got accepted to 10 colleges, half of them Ivy League schools. The high school senior now gets to decide between Yale, Columbia, University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth and Cornell — not to mention Johns Hopkins University, Northwestern University, New York University, Boston University, and Stanford. 😮🎓
Stinson shared her college admissions essay with Business Insider, and it -- along with stellar academics and extracurriculars, of course -- has been lauded as a big reason she was accepted to such spectacular schools.
Her essay was, literally, about big box wholesale store Costco, home of 5 pound tubs of Country Crock margarine. Metaphorically, it was a rumination on life, growing up, and having a real hunger for knowledge.
"I just did something that was me," Stinson told BI. "I knew I was capable of weaving in humor into the essay, and I knew that with kids that have similar extracurriculars and scores you need to stand out when it comes to the essay."
Stinson's essay is replete with such literary gems as, "If there exists a 33 ounce jar of Nutella, do we really have free will?" and "Who needs three pounds of sour cream? Was cultured yogurt any more well-mannered than its uncultured counterpart? Costco gave birth to my unfettered curiosity."
But, it's the ending of her essay that brings home her thesis that Costco is just a metaphor of her thirst for life.
"My intense desire to know, to explore beyond the bounds of rational thought; this is what defines me. Costco fuels my insatiability and cultivates curiosity within me at a cellular level. Encoded to immerse myself in the unknown, I find it difficult to complacently accept the 'what'; I want to hunt for the 'whys' and dissect the 'hows'. In essence, I subsist on discovery."
Read Stinson's fire college essay in full on BI.