Far from seeming unfinished or unedited, the somewhat stream-of-consciousness style establishes a humorous and self-deprecating tone that makes the reader instantly like the applicant.
More than anything else, it is this writing style that elevates what could have been a fairly superficial statement of personal growth into a truly informative story that showcases the author’s personality.
But I don’t think of being “Most original” as an insult anymore – I wear it as a badge of honor, proof that I am myself and no one else. “How about ‘Most Original.’”This writer’s style clearly shows off her sense of humor.
A friend recently joked, “If there were a ‘Quirkiest’ award in the yearbook, you’d definitely win.” We were standing outside of a classroom, and I was wearing a pair of gold, glittery shorts that definitely caught the eye. If one of the purposes of a college essay is to make yourself come to life off the page, then this essay hits the mark.
Luckily, I board my train with seconds to spare, and without being turned into a pancake – always a plus. In another week I will cross the globe to start a new life in a foreign land called Charlotte. Today it is by Tim O’Brien, already worn and slightly crumpled.
They say the best books tell you what you already know, resonating with your own thoughts and emotions.
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.
As I read, it is as if the tempest of my thoughts is spelled out on paper.
The overflowing sense of hyper-reality in Tim O’Brien’s words of warfare spills into my world.