The location of my school, only a few blocks from the University of Oregon, is greatly responsible for the social atmosphere.
Whereas the other high schools in town draw mainly from middle-class white suburban families, mine sits in the division between the poor west university neighborhood and the affluent east university one.
I need to listen to music, to write music, to play music every day.
I can’t go a whole day without, at the very least, humming or whistling the tunes that crowd my head.
One effective way to grab the reader’s attention is to describe the action of your story.
Consider this applicant’s introduction:“‘Breez in and breez out.Let your story flow, engaging the reader and gradually relating setting and context.The advice to jump right in also applies to anecdotes.If there is something unique about yourself that is also relevant to your essay, then by all means start with that!You’re up against hundreds, if not thousands, of other applicants, so whatever makes you stand out from the crowd is going to work in your favor.This applicant lets the reader know the setting—his French class—even though he never explicitly states the location of the story.He paints a vivid picture in the reader’s mind while incorporating the element of mystery, as the reader wonders what further action will occur, as well as what the point of this anecdote will ultimately be.I sing myself hoarse each morning in the shower, and playing the trumpet leaves a red mouthpiece-shaped badge of courage on my lips all day.I suspect that if someone were to look at my blood under a microscope, they would see, between the platelets and t-cells, little black musical notes coursing through my body.”Both writers have succeeded in grabbing our attention and revealing something unique about their personalities, which they will go on to explain in further detail.This applicant starts with:“When I was four years old I decided to challenge conventional notions of the human limit by flying through a glass window.The impetus was Superman, whose exploits on television had induced my experiment.