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Favorites Sample 1

University of Chicago
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Amidst the piles of Elle and Entertainment Weekly that sit atop my coffee table, the one subscription that I always read backwards and forwards is Reader’s Digest.
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Formative Background Sample 1

Tufts University
2-3 Paragraph Short Answer
5:51am. I hear the alarm go off. I open my eyes, turn on the lights, and see the mural that has been on my wall ever since I was born. My oldest sister, Betsy, picks flowers while my middle sister Jenny swings and I host a tea party in the elaborate garden.
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Misc. Topics Sample 1

Williams College
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At Williams we believe that bringing together students and professors in small groups produces extraordinary academic outcomes. Our distinctive Oxford-style tutorial classes—in which two students are guided by a professor in deep exploration of a single topic—are a prime example
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Misc. Topics Sample 2

Wake Forest University
2-3 Paragraph Short Answer
Verghese’s Cutting for Stone, Hosseini’s The Kite Runner, Twain’s Huckleberry Finn, Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods, and Colbert’s I am America and So Can You are five books that I would recommend to anyone as worth the read.
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Misc. Topics Sample 3

Carnegie Mellon University
One Paragraph Short Answer
These are the books I’ve read for pleasure over the past year
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Formative Community Sample 1

Tufts University
2-3 Paragraph Short Answer
In 1995, when I was only 3, my father and my uncle made a decision to move their families from the sophisticated, bustling city of Cairo to a farming village on the fringe of the city.
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Misc. Topics Sample 4

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If the shoe fits, wear it. For as long as I can remember, I have aspired to fit into one special pair of my mother's shoes -- the timelessly elegant (and oh so grown up) pumps she always tosses off in the kitchen the minute she comes home from a long day of work.
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Common App Background/Interest Sample 1

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My home swaddles me in the history of my family. My ancestor's loopy cursive traverses the old documents hanging in our living room and each night I dive into the bed onto which my great-grandmother etched little notes when she was my age.
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Common App Challenge Belief Sample 1

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I was “born again” as agnostic in 10th grade. This shift in my religious beliefs posed a challenge to everyone around me. I grew up in a Catholic household.
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Problem Solving Sample 1

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"I don't draft quarterbacks early." That was one of the strategic decisions I made going into my second season of fantasy football. A season that I intended to dominate.
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