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The Class of 2019 Senior College Essay Hooks

The Class of 2019 gives us a peek into their college essays, as they near the end of their application journey....
“It started with the dinosaurs”
-Noah Schmeisser

“Mud is far worse when it takes you by surprise”
-Carter Richards

“My earliest memories are of drawing farm animals with Crayola markers when I was in preschool, and I have been drawing and painting ever since”
-George Kosinski

“I have a superpower”
-Jack Dove

“By at least one conventional standard, I am not human”
-Kara Amar

“As an athlete, I’d always believed in the dictum of famed football coach, Red Sanders: ‘Winning isn’t everything; it’s the only thing’ ”
-Sydney Hirsch

“I was 14 years old when I first got charged by a bull”
-Madeleine Walker

“For the frst twelve years of my life, my world was a glass bubble”
-Nate Stratton

“A gust of wind reddened our cheeks as we escaped into the depths of the marsh”
-Tyler Cipriano

“I had no idea how to ride a unicycle”
-Chris Nields

“My greatest hurdle, and ultimately my greatest motivator, was apparent the moment I was born: a severe club foot bent 60° inward attached to twisted bones from my knee down”
-Ben Washburne

“It took me five years, five schools, and two states to stay in one city”
-Ellen Ren

“One morning last July, I sat in an ofce building in downtown Hartford, afraid to answer the phone”
-Noah Slager

“As my tent began to tremble around me, I woke to an overwhelming wave of fear”
-Emma Lipman

“Loneliness is an epidemic”
-Ben Nields

“As I packed the last of my gear into the canoe, I could hear the Farmington River gently flowing past”
-Zubin Kenkare

“‘There’s like a 50% chance we’ll move...alright 70%...ok so maybe it’s around 95,’ my dad said to me sitting at the family dinner table”
-Tamara Lillenbaum

“‘You’ll learn to hate it here,’ Luis said”
-Naomi Tomlin

“I stood at the foot of the garage doorway as I watched in horror the sludge of fecal water splash around the cars like small, polluted waves”
-JR Stauff

“‘You know, farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil, and you’re a thousand miles from the corn feld.’ - Dwight Eisenhower”
-Matt Stevenson

“I look around the cafeteria and watch as my hard work is stained with tomato sauce”
-Theodore Tellides

“Since I was young, I’ve struggled with the color of my skin”
-Lady Karen Asamoah

“On my thirteenth birthday, I moved from Scottsdale, Arizona to New Haven, Connecticut”
-Maddie Mulligan

“I break a law of physics every week”
-Fi Schroth-Douma

“If you took a look inside my pockets on any given day you’d get a good idea of the kind of person I am”
-Adwith Mukherjee

“I want to be a mother.”
-Emma DeNaples

“Standing outside on a summer evening, underneath strung fairy lights, holding my partner’s hands, I have never felt more free using my voice.”
-Katie Broun
Editor in Chief 
Eleanor Doolittle

Managing Editor 
Sarah Roberts 

Zoe Kim 
Anushree Vashist
Juan Lopez
Orly Baum
Katherine Takoudes 
Julia Kosinski
Anjali Subramanian
Emmett Dowd
Lily Meyers 
Ella Zuse
Zach Williamson 

Saira Munshani
Sophie Sonnenfeld
Kallie Schmeisser

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Teddy Glover
Abby Regan
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Izzy Lopez-Kalapir

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Arushi Srivastava
Nick Hughes

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Elizabeth Gleason
Sorrel Westbrook-Wilson 
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