college essay

stars and nothing's picture

This is part of my story and I hope it helps anyone who is going through a rough time, especially if it is similar to my experiences. You will need more strength than you know.

As I walk the oak-lined pathways of Southwestern University's beautiful campus, I know that next year, I could very well be one of the fortunate students here, carrying books and cups of coffee from building to gorgeous stone building. As I attend sessions in each of the main academic departments- especially literature, social sciences, and modern languages- I am thrilled to the core, practically salivating at the opportunity to access the vast store of knowledge available from the professors. I listen raptly as I attend a seminar on Latin American studies, in which I hope to major with a possible minor in Feminist Studies. My dream is to serve as a Spanish-English translator, especially at women’s clinics in poverty-stricken areas of Latin America, and with over fifty percent of Southwestern students traveling abroad as undergraduates, this dream is approaching reality for me.
My parents walk beside me on Accepted Senior Day, marveling outwardly as I do inwardly while we tour the campus, saying "What amazing facilities!" and "This is the perfect place for you." They are as excited as I am to hear the professors discuss classes like "Contemporary Latin American Literature" and "American History: A Feminist Perspective." From an outsider’s perspective, it would seem unlikely that these enthusiastic parents have spent weeks debating whether or not they should finance an education for their lesbian daughter.
Few words have been more difficult to speak than, “Mom, I think I might be gay.


niks121997's picture


The admissions board should love this essay. Well I love this essay.

"Life's under no obligation to give us what we expect. We take what we get and are thankful that it is no worse than it is."

"All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream."

stars and nothing's picture

thanks niks

it has been awhile! i'm glad to see you're still around these parts. i've missed you and everyone. did i tll you i talked to rachelle on the phone a few months back?


"you've come a long long way and you
deserve to be really happy..."
-kimya dawson

niks121997's picture


You didn't tell me that. How'd it go? I sent you an e-mail a while back. Wow it must have been a couple of months ago. How time disappears.

"Life's under no obligation to give us what we expect. We take what we get and are thankful that it is no worse than it is."

"All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream."

extreme447's picture


I really liked this essay.

Paladin's picture

Nice essay, but

Much as I might be able to appreciate it, you might want to be careful about mentioning the cutting. I wouldn't put it in if I were you, as it will make them question whether they want you. Whereas, if they don't like your sexuality, you can be glad you won't be going to a homophobic college.

Another thing is, don't tell your parents about your college essay, as they might want you to change it. Mine did, and I changed it because I decided mentioning I was gay was actually unncessary in the context. But I then wrote another essay in which mentioning homosexuality was relevant.

As for my college's reactions to my essay, I don't think I'll ever really know, as I didn't send it to Dartmouth (where I was accepted), and I think that it really wasn't that good after all. I didn't have my English teacher review it, for one thing.