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    • Seniors like Jaileen Rivera '16 (left) and Andrew Mosellie '16 (right) have worked with the College Counseling office on their essays. (photo:

Openings of College Essays: Lines to Inspire

The Razor presents the first college essay lines of the members of the Class of 2016. Some lines are from the essays of the Common Application and others are from supplemental responses. Enjoy!
I am wrong-handed. - Justin Nitirouth

Writing is a terrible way to pass the time. - Andy Sedlack
I have never been particularly gifted in the kitchen. - Chrisshara Robinson
For as long as I can remember, you were in a wheelchair. - Tiger Lu
Our eyes locked, his wide and mine focused. His head was tilted back, his mouth open. He did not splash or thrash in the pool. He was silent. He was drowning. - Mollie Seidner
My poem seemed to exist in two separate spheres: one for me and one for everyone else. - Juliette Verlaque
Life’s not fair; I learned that from marching band. - Errol Saunders, Faculty Member and Honorary Member of the Class of 2016
Early last summer, my mother uncovered a worn typewritten manuscript documenting her father’s accounts of his childhood in a Polish family living in America. - Avery MacMullen
I didn’t expect to win. - Lauren Antonelli 
In a scary world of the sharp and pointed, I find comfort in curves. - Emily Wang 

Empowered is not really a word I would use to describe myself. - David Wisdom 
“No, I was not adopted,” I asserted to a room full of classmates. - Lauren Hagani
I am a dancer who cannot dance. - Christy Lano
Imagine you are five years old, walking into your new Kindergarten classroom on the first day of school. - Lauren Corradi
For as long as I can remember, I have written the letter “i”with an open circle over it instead of a dot. - Neha Srivastava
By the time I had an attention span long enough to watch an entire Disney movie, I had already learned that I was capable of doing anything I wanted; Cinderella wanted to marry a prince, so she did. - Ellie Czepiel 
I felt like everything was falling apart, and I could see on their faces that they were thinking the same thing. - Jonathan Zarilli 
Imagine not being able to talk, walk, or breathe on your own. Imagine not being able to express your thoughts even though you are fully aware of what you want to say. - Jackie Berkowitz
Every Thursday, I give God. - Maeve Flaherty
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