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| | | | | | | | | | | | | | * Help * Log in * Sign Up for a Free Account * SparkNotes * Life * The Internets * Beauty * Celebs * Fashion * Geek Out! ------------------------------------------------- Top of Form Search Bottom of Form Skip over navigation * Home * SparkNotes * No Fear * Test Prep * Video * SparkLife | | | | | | | | | Sample EssaysThe best way to improve your writing is to read good writing. You are already doing that in your English class; we have provided you with a list of notable memoirs by celebrated authors. We’ve compiled various sample essays from people who have recently completed the college application process. These essays were chosen for their clarity, originality, voice, and style.Some are emotional, some are cerebral, and some are a combination of the two. Others are funny, serious, philosophical, and creative. They are as different as the personalities of the people who wrote them, but what these essays all have in common is their honesty and the effort put into creating them. These personal statements have one other thing in common: the authors were admitted to the colleges of their choice.Allison Dencker Stanford University, Class of 2006As you reflect on life thus far, what has someone said, written, or expressed in some fashion that is especially meaningful to you. Why?According to Mother Teresa, “If you judge someone, you have no time to love them.” I first saw this quote when it was posted on my sixth-grade classroom wall, and I hated it. Rather, I hated Mother Teresa’s intention, but I knew that the quote’s veracity was inarguable. I felt that it was better to judge people so as not to have to love them, because some people don’t deserve a chance. Judgments are shields, and mine was impenetrable. Laura was my

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