The Devil's Quill

Kaitlyn Wiehe — Common Application

August 7, 2019

 Prompt: Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story. Doodles, glue, or maybe e...

Rebecca Kilroy — Supplement Essay

August 7, 2019

Essay: As a writer, I consider myself a storyteller. That’s why history captivates my interest. To me, history extends beyond dates and places; it encompasses the complex stories of the human experience. However, in the narrati...

Hannah Usadi — Rice University

August 7, 2019

Essay: Third grade Show and Tell: the epitome of anxious excitement. My arms wrapped around my treasure as I narrowly avoided tripping over a tree root. That was close. I could imagine no greater disaster than demolishing the innumerable...

University of Michigan

August 7, 2019

Prompt: If you could only do one of the activities you have listed in the Activities section of your Common Application, which one would you keep doing? Why? (150) In the words of Alex Russo from Wizards of Waverly Place, “...

Common Application

August 7, 2019

Essay: “TIME FOR STACK IT UP!” I announce above the din of chatter and laughter. Excited children emerge from the bouncy castle. Sweating teenagers drop their basketballs. Conversing adults saunter across the grass. All my neig...

University of Virginia

August 7, 2019

Prompt: We are a community with quirks, both in language and in traditions. Describe one of your quirks and why it is part of who you are. I quickly rinsed my dishes in the sink before I rushed to the desktop computer, ex...

Common Application

August 7, 2019

Essay: After a year of waiting, the day of the sentencing had finally come. In the midst of grieving, finishing school, moving across the country, and starting over in a new community, it remained always in the back of my mind. For a...

Nicole Roberts — Common Application

August 7, 2019

Essay: The first time my family pulled away from the Applebee’s on Route 202, I realized my heart had been opened wide and changed forever. That restaurant parking lot is where time and time again my heart is shattered and re...

Common Application

August 7, 2019

Prompt: The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience? ...

Common Application

August 7, 2019

Prompt: Tell a story from your life, describing an experience that either demonstrates your character or helped to shape it.  The sound of running water and clinking plates fills the emptiness of our home. As I finish was...

Anabella Trucco — Common Application

August 7, 2019

Prompt: Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story. “The best heirlooms ...

Jasmine Yi — Common Application

August 6, 2019

Essay: On December 16, 2016, I donned a borrowed black dress and left for Saint James Church. I had never been inside a church until that Wednesday. I stepped into a room of harsh white light and approached the casket. There ...

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