Remember that one time I said I was going to write one essay for each prompt?
Well, I was probably the only one who thought I would actually succeed in doing that, but needless to say, I have not.
When I began to actually think about the prompts, I realized that the stress involved in trying to finish that many essays, not only finish them but polish them into college-admission worthy gems was not really something I wanted to put myself through this late in the game. It would be stressful enough trying to write one.
Before jetting off to Florida for Thanksgiving break, I worked each of the prompts through my mind, thinking that I would have something to write about by the time I came home. But nothing was coming to me, no topics dropped into the writing center of my brain and that was more stressful than if I had tried to write all of those essays. So finally I decided that I would just start writing, and that seemed to be the cure. I was going about it all backwards, waiting for an idea to come to me rather than my normal process, which is write and the words will come. I've written about two and a half essays since then; one which will definitely not make it past my bedroom but might be adapted into something a little more presentable, another which I won't finish because I took many of the ideas and adapted it into my favorite right now: To the prompt about a historical figure who has affected me and the winner is.... Bob Dylan.
It seems a little ridiculous at first, and I've weighed the pros and cons. Cons: The people who go over my application will not be Dylan fans, they will think that I am pretentious and rebellious and a troublemaker, among other adjectives. Pros: I really think that I have shown myself to be an individual in this one. It shows my humor and something I love that is not commonplace. I think (hope) that it is well-written without reading like I sat next to my dictionary and thesaurus as I wrote, but true without implying that I didn't think about my words before I typed them. If I don't think of another super-winning idea, I think this may be the one that will be shipped across the college world.
Either way, I should probably get a move on. Time is a-wastin'.