” — Peter Slattery, Entertainment“World Cup 2010: USA vs.
England and the importance of not being indifferent.” — Andrew Harvey, Gallatin senior“I wrote about how I was considering a career in fashion, but didn’t want to be a snobby fashion stereotype like the rest of the girls at NYU.
We’ve never written about this essay on our college admissions blog before. If one were to ask us what is the most famous college essay ever written, we know the answer hands down.
It’s this NYU applicant’s essay from many, many years ago.
These New York University college application essays were written by students accepted at New York University.
All of our sample college essays include the question prompt and the year written. I can't cook or fish or dance or sing or act or lie.From the bleachers and the sidelines, the eyes of every member of the crowd were focused intently on me. I always looked forward to June 17, the birthday of my only living grandparent.Every year I spent the day composing corny jokes that made her to snort with laughter and murmur loving approval.The prompts are vague, so applicants tend to transform awkward anecdotes into 500 words of clunky metaphors and overly-wrought emotions.They’re humiliating windows into our souls — essentially the written equivalent of the dream of showing up naked we all had in high school.The fact that someone read that and was like, “Yes, you should definitely come to this exclusive institution” is shocking to me.I like to think that there is an annual competition between the college’s admission reps as to whose essay was the most cringeworthy read and that applicant (no matter the eligibility) is given a spot at NYU. I talked about her bravery in fighting toward the unknown, and how I aspired to be like her: strong, goal-oriented, taking risks while the rest of my peers were content to watch from the safety of the ground.After getting accepted to NYU, I immediately lost the essay, partially to prevent her from finding it and reading about how goddamn special she is to me.” — Kelly Weill, Editor-in-Chief“The relationship between beauty and cheese pizza.” — Cassidy George, Gallatin sophomore“I wrote about this Cafe in Mumbai (Cafe Madras) that’s so crowded and popular, you sit where they tell you and rarely if ever get to sit with everybody you came with.But in 2002, in a matter of seconds, my associations...Nonchalantly browsing through family photos, I hastily flip through the pages when I suddenly get a paper cut.