And though most students are intimidated by having to do these essays, they often find that once they start writing, they have more to say than the 650-word limit permits.From the Common Application press release: “Based on extensive counselor feedback, the existing essay prompts provide great flexibility for applicants to tell their unique stories in their own voice.” Take a look at the prompts and see what you think, but don’t feel you should start writing anytime soon (today is March 23rd). The earliest most students will have to submit essays is November 1st – though please be mindful of earlier submissions!
My church congregation has always been an integral part of my life as well.
When offered a church organist position in ninth grade the word “organist” immediately conjured up the image of some reclusive, frumpily dressed, senior citizen swaying back and forth filling a cathedral, but it seemed like an intriguing use of my musical ability.
I provide music for funerals, and I am reminded of just how insignificant my struggles are.
Music and faith are the most important tenets of my life, and the organ loft is the intersection of my two guiding disciplines.
The high school senior that submitted the Common App essay below was accepted to Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Dartmouth and UPenn.
To see this applicant’s full college application with their SAT scores, Princeton supplemental essays, and extracurriculars, click here.The organ loft is a place where I’m both master and servant.I play hymns in the style that I choose, and get to improvise during communion and other quiet times.The most difficult commitment, though, is the one I make to God as I sit down on the bench and unlock the organ.Am I glorifying God and being the best Christian I can be?At the summit of my climb, my feelings of anxiety, frustration, and uncertainty are vanquished as I enter the organ loft -a place where I feel impervious to the outside world and perfectly content.I’ve played piano for as long as I can remember on the well-loved Kreutzer upright that sits in my living room.Some hymns are intimidating to sing, and therefore must be accompanied with the utmost of care.The priest’s chant tone needs to segue into the Mass parts, so I play a soft cue like a pitch pipe.If you finish your essay in April, when you look at it again in October, seven months later, you might feel it no longer captures what you want to convey about yourself.For the time being, just read them over and see what you think.