In our College Essay Clichés to Avoid post, we advised students against writing about moving to America from a foreign country.
I feel like a speck of dust outside the train, floating, content and happy to be between destinations. I speak both English and Chinese: Chinese is for math, science, and process, but I prefer English for art, emotion, and description.
America owns my childhood, filled with pine trees, blockbuster movies, and Lake Tahoe snow; China holds my adolescence, accompanied by industrial smog, expeditious mobility, and fast-paced social scenes. My reverie isn’t at an end, but I have the answer to my question.
I’m still skeptical about the “Most Original” award.
In the context of an award ceremony, it’s still just a meaningless consolation prize.
The essay is a joy to read, sharing a detailed glimpse of the student’s personality without feeling like it’s trying to list positive personal qualities.
Prompt: Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it.
His words somehow become my words, his memories become my memories.
Despite the high speed of the bullet train, my mind is perfectly still – trapped between the narrative of the book and the narrative of my own life. I read the last page and close the book, staring out the window at the shining fish ponds and peaceful rice paddies.
Home is neither arrival nor departure, neither America nor China.
Home is the in-between, the cusp of transition – that is where I feel most content.