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Class of 2020 College Essay Hooks

The Class of 2020 shares a glimpse into their college essays as they near the end of their application journey...
Halfway up the mountain, my legs are burning.
- Graley Turner

13.18 seconds: that is the fastest I have ever solved a Rubik’s Cube.
- Evan Gerritz

I’m scared of two things: girls and 90-mph fastballs. If you connect well with either
of them, great things can happen. But, when one of them hits you in the chest, it hurts
worse than anything else.
- Josh Seidner

I played my first open mic when I was 15, at a run-down dive bar.
- Meggie Czepiel

As I sit opposite my sister at the kitchen table, I’m entranced by the golden ring she
bears at her fingertips: a toasted sesame seed bagel.

Playtime for the first few years of my life consisted of me following my brother, who
was four years my elder, around the backyard.
- Griffin Congdon

A Path Not Recognized: The Influence of Islamic Science on Western Civilization. That
was the title of my freshman year term paper.
- Khelan Parikh

When I walked onto the bus for the first day of 6th grade, everyone stared at me with an
expression of disgust; they were all fixated on one thing - my hijab.
- Rayane Taroua

I have a confession: I am addicted to the TV show The Amazing Race.
- Casey Dies

I wasn’t meant for this country or this time period.
- ElRoy

My family affectionately calls my grandmother “the crazy pickle lady.”
- Anna Simon

“Lunch for twenty eight,” my dad likes to joke as we walk in the door.
- Katherine Takoudes

Better safe than sorry.
- Ally Wang
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