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More Essays that Worked

Some describe life-changing events — euphoric or tragic; others take a seemingly routine occurrence and illustrate how it became a surprising moment of epiphany. Some paint vivid pictures of a place or person who has forever influenced the author's life, while others are laugh-out-loud funny.  

Although different in tone and topic, the common thread of all strong college admission essays is that they reveal something grades, test scores and class rank cannot. The personal essay offers a prospective student the chance to create a self-portrait and leave a lasting impression (not to mention showcase strong writing skills).    

Five years ago, we selected and published eight of the best admission essays written by students entering Hamilton's Class of 2007. Those stories were so popular with readers that we decided to share a few more — this time from the incoming Bicentennial Class of 2012.

Illustration: The Rhythm of My Days Illustration: Auntie El Illustration: No Visitors
Illustration: Music for Prague 1968
The Rhythm of My Days, Measure by Measure
By Zane Glauber '12
Bedford, N.Y.
Auntie El
By Samuel Choate '12
Weston, Mass.
Why My Friends Didn't Visit Last Summer
By Riley Smith '12
Rhinelander, Wis.
Music for Prague 1968
By Ryan Park '12
Moraga, Calif.
Illustration: There is Something about Africa Illustration: Exposed Illustration: Hameau Farm Illustration: Block by Block
There is Something About Africa
By Sorina Seeley '12
Paris, France
By Danielle Burby '12
Huntington Station, N.Y.
Hameau Farm
By Hayden Kiessling '12
Pound Ridge, N.Y.
Block by Block, Word by Word
By Daniel Steinman '12
Short Hills, N.J.