Help me find this essay
July 27, 2007 8:42 AM   Subscribe

College essay filter: help me find this (probably satirical) college entrance essay.

My Google-fu is weak today. A few years back, someone forwarded me an essay that was allegedly written as a college entrance essay. It was a bunch of preposterous statements that couldn't possibly be true (sort of like I've climbed Everest unassisted, developed a cure for cancer, toured the world with my rock band, etc.) and ended with a line like "but I haven't yet attended college". I'm helping someone write an essay right now, and I wanted to use that one for comic relief/inspiration, but I can't find it online for the life of me. Any help? Thanks!
posted by griseus to Education (7 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
Here you go.
posted by amro at 8:47 AM on July 27, 2007 [2 favorites]

Here you go
posted by cosmicbandito at 8:48 AM on July 27, 2007

I love that one. Hadn't read it in years, but "I woo women with my sensuous and godlike trombone playing" has become a common phrase in my household. I was glad to see it was as good as I remembered.
posted by katemonster at 10:47 AM on July 27, 2007

that guy went to my high school!

if you're interested, another college essay that I liked was this (don't know if its true or not)
The prompt was something to the effect of, "What is courage?"
And the student's essay was just, "This is courage."
posted by god particle at 11:43 AM on July 27, 2007

I've heard a similarly ballsy anecdote. On an essay question related to social change and the improvement of power facilities:

What is the future of coal?
posted by djgh at 3:00 PM on July 27, 2007 [1 favorite]

Haha, god particle, I've heard stories of that same essay used on the new SAT. Nice to know urban legends keep up with the changing times.
posted by MadamM at 4:54 PM on July 27, 2007

There's always the timeless classic:

Is this a question?
Is this an answer?

...always quoted to me as a Q&A from a Philosophy exam. I wonder how many kids have decided to enrol in Philosophy courses in the sincere expectation of eeeeeeasy credit.
posted by so_necessary at 6:58 PM on July 27, 2007

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