My mother’s eyes widened in horror as I jettisoned my churro; the cinnamon-sugar rocket gracefully sliced its way through the air while I continued my spree.
I sprinted through the aisles, looking up in awe at the massive bulk products that towered over me.
Managing to break free from my mother’s grasp, I charged.
With arms flailing and chubby legs fluttering beneath me, I was the ferocious two year old rampaging through Costco on a Saturday morning.
Coming as it does in the thick of a heated debate over “holistic” evaluation standards at elite colleges—admissions practices that extend beyond comparing grades and scores to include assessments of character and the impact of background and cultural identity on a student’s academic journey—Stinson’s essay has generated a whirling array of reactions.
After being posted on Business Insider last week, her essay was read over a million times and shared many thousands more on social media.
Of course, tens of thousands of other applicants had similarly outstanding academic and extracurricular profiles this year.
Stinson’s essay, however, must have suggested to schools that she would bring with her a unique and interesting point of view.
I don’t know if many applicants usually explore the mundane in their essays—that seems to have taken a lot of people by surprise.
I thought that this essay was a genuine representation of myself: I’m a sarcastic, dorky weirdo with a passion for science and I tried to demonstrate that I’m the kind of person who finds meaning in seemingly ordinary things.”Which might well be the perfect summary of the college experience: It’s a chapter in life during which young people go off to find meaning in seemingly ordinary things—most particularly, in other people.