The young man who appreciates his parents' choice in making the arduous journey to the US, is more than ready to take bold steps in his own future.While many students tell me they haven't experienced great hardship or adversity, I guarantee you that everyone has experienced or at least observed the beauty of imperfection.It's that time of year when the New York Times shares the most remarkable college essays from this year's graduating seniors.
It's more about the student appreciating the small things in her life which hold much deeper meaning to who she is and how she was raised.
I had a range of emotions as I read all five essays in the article.
Remember that some admissions officers are reading thousands of essays a year.
You want them to remember you for all the right reasons. Another featured essay was by a young man who wrote about the adversity and strength of his family in the US and Kenya.
The colleges where these featured students plan to enroll are a "Who's Who" of elite higher education.
I am never surprised by where the students from this annual article end up.
I immediately labeled her the "tax girl." There is no question I will remember that young woman for years to come.
The topic of a student's essay has the potential to have a transformative effect in allowing a complete stranger, like an admissions officer, to connect with a student they have usually never met.
I found myself choked up in one breath and grinning ear-to-ear in the next.
That's one of the only common traits of a remarkable essay. As high school juniors finish the school year, I encourage them to think deeply before picking their essay topic.