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Senior College Essay Hooks

The Class of 2020 shares a glimpse into their essays as they near the end of the college application process:
On August 24, 2006, the International Astronomical Union made an announcement that blew my three-year-old mind. - Hannah Szabo

How many people do you think could fit in this room?- Fiona O’ Brien

My mom says I learned to Google when I was five years old. - Ella Zuse

A girl with eyebrows slightly misaligned, a nose a little crooked, hair never cut, and dirt lacing her fingernails cowered behind a window; her hidden body watching a party down below. Shadows encircled her body. - Ava Pfannenbecker

Steam rose from the griddle and surrounded Bill in a thin veil as he cooked his banana pancakes. The nutty aroma of browned butter overtook the house, as did an overwhelming feeling of joy. - Juliette Henderson

Sitting on my porch steps at 8:00 p.m., I believed incomparable power ebbed and flowed beneath my skin. - Abby Fossati

On a fourth-grade visit to my Egyptian grandmother, my Teta, in California, I brought along a pot of mint. - Dania Anabtawi

I laid on the floor, counting each speckle of the popcorn ceiling. I had spent more time than usual in my room over the week. - Joey Rebeschi

When I was little, I liked to tell adults that “cooking is my sport.”- Aaron Gruen

Shaquille O’Neal sucked at free-throws - Craigin Maloney

“He really makes you work for your money, huh?” - Nick Wilkinson

When I was four, my parents forgot me in a pub.- Riley Tooker
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