Columbia University Admissions Essays – College Application Supplement Essays, Prompt, Examples

College Application Essays accepted by Columbia UniversityI WriteDavid SauvageColumbia UniversityLike I said, I’m inept. I don’t tie my shoelaces. I don’t understand seat belts. I can’t change tires. I can’t cook or fish or dance or sing or act or lie. I don’t see how a plane can stay in the air or how it can land. I don’t know how to paint…Waitlist LetterDavid SauvageColumbia UniversityColumbia is still my absolute, number one, pick-of-them-all college. I intend to hold my ground here on the wait-list. If a spot does indeed open up for me, I will immediately enroll.Columbia matches me better than any other college. I alluded to…Rebuilding the BubbleAnonymousColumbia UniversityWhen I was a little kid I used to carry around notebooks which I filled with hundreds of stories ranging in length from a single, whimsical sentence to pages and pages of fantasy. Every hour of the day, there were countless images and ideas…The Evolving PassionCindy HongColumbia UniversityThe sweat trickling down my neck felt like the stickiness of a dinosaur’s breath. My muscles tightened as author Michael Crichton revealed the extent of scientific advancement in today’s world. The pages of Jurassic Park turned quickly in my…YeyeAnonymousColumbia UniversityWaking from calm dreamless sleep, I find intricately patterned welts on my skin, embedded by the woven bamboo mattress, the only reminders of the night. I descend from the bed and frown as my feet reach the cold and damp dirt floor. It rained…A Photo ShootAnonymousColumbia UniversityShe’s untouchable. Unless she gets really upset; that’s when tears well up in her eyes. She was born with big eyes. People say that I have big eyes…until they meet her and then they stop saying it to me and start saying it to her. We used to…That MomentAnonymousColumbia UniversityThere were only 10 minutes left until the big final. Time had stopped for me. I felt like entering into a totally different dimension. People were talking to me but I couldn’t hear them, I scarcely sensed their material presence. I was starting to…An Unforgettable SummerAmit MomayaColumbia UniversityWhat came first, science or technology?” asked a tall and husky figure, who was dressed in an unbuttoned and rather threadbare lab coat. My initial response was science because I reasoned that technology was the application of science. An…CrapAnonymousColumbia UniversityI love crap. I love bad novels and cheap clothes. I love dirty shoelaces and melted candles, junk earrings and instant coffee. It’s about finding the beauty in everything. I find it in palms and tea leaves. I sense Pablo Neruda’s sonnets in my…Growing Up in an Interfaith HomeMichael WainwrightColumbia UniversityAlthough I do not affiliate myself with any particular religion, I have been a Buddhist nun at temples and an altar server at Christian churches. I can chant the meditations of Buddha in Thai and Sanskrit and recite Catholic prayers in English and…An Astute AthleteAlexander Stephen CiucciColumbia UniversityMidnight. I peel myself from my desk, feebly creeping towards the scale. Whispering a prayer of desperation, I step on, my exhausted heart racing, and the reading declares a death sentence: two pounds over. Thats one power bar, half a banana, a…Colors of LifeAnonymousColumbia UniversityYellow – one of the primary colors. It is one hue; it is a million hues. Pale yellow, the color of silt in Chinas River of Life; saffron yellow, the color of Chinese sovereignty for two millennia; tanned yellow, the tint of my skin. The first day…Ode to a Dictionary (with acknowledgment to Pablo Neruda)AnonymousColumbia UniversityOde to a Dictionary (with acknowledgment to Pablo Neruda)You were a gift of language, given to me by my father eight years ago. My dad was traveling to Oxford that year to attend a lecture and asked if I wanted a present. Book-lover that I was, I…Is the World Flat?Xu ShenjunColumbia UniversityThe world is flat.? When I was little, I never believed this line. I would always show off in class, proudly proclaiming: The earth is a sphere!? But now, I see the line again, on the title of a book by Thomas Friedmanand, this time, I have no…Learning to SeeAnonymousColumbia University Do you see now The voice rang in my ears as I shook my head for the umpteenth time. My eyes were tightly shut, trying to hold back the tears of anger and frustration. When I opened them again, the world looked to me as it always did; only now…Artist – MeAnonymousColumbia UniversityEyes fixed upon the image in front of her, brows slightly furrowed, the girl appeared to be lost in thought. While the others walked on after stopping briefly before the piece, she stood there with her feet glued to the spot. I watched the girl…Grandma’s ClothesAnonymousColumbia UniversityWhat a familiar sight, I thought to myself as I subconsciously stopped to stare through the display window. A couple of mannequins were dressed in half-finished garments, surrounded by waves of colourful fabrics cascading down the table. Pools of…Giving Me the BricksAnonymousColumbia UniversityMom, I want to take the SAT.? My mom lifted her eyes off the newspaper and looked at me suspiciously. What on earth is the SAT I went on to explain it to her as she stared at me with increasing incredulity, as if I were no longer her daughter…Opening the DoorAnonymousColumbia UniversityWhen I was eleven, I lived in a trailer park full of kids. I preferred reading and writing to playing with them, so pretty often, when they knocked on the door, I would pretend I was doing chores. Then I would resume reading Harry Potter and…Jerk ChickenAnonymousColumbia UniversityI prodded the chicken with my fork. The rest of the table was heatedly arguing about health care while I wondered how much longer the school fundraiser dinner would last. Then, an idle comment uttered by a boy I didnt know made my head jerk up.?…Being good is commendable, but doing good is righteousAnonymousColumbia UniversityI have been raised since the early stages of my childhood to be a generous and morally sound individual. My parents persistently ingrained in me basic and fundamental Christian virtues: charity, humility, and selflessness. This value-oriented…I Call It HomeAyantu RegassaColumbia UniversityI wanna go home!? I say as I sit on the kitchen floor watching my mother cook.What do you mean she asks, giving me a questioning look. EthiopiaI dont know.?Home. For most people, the word can be easily defined as the place where they grew…An Intellectually Stimulating experienceAnonymousColumbia UniversityI woke up that morning with a feeling of dread. As I raced down to the bus stop through the twilight of the early morning, I felt my heart palpitating with anticipation and worry. Every second that the bus brought me closer to New Haven, my fear…"A Beak, Be Jolly"Abhik JollyColumbia UniversityAbhik Basu Jolly?Abhik B. Jolly?AWhen I repeat a word over and over again, it detaches from its meaningespecially if the word is unusual. Like kangaroo.? Or like fork.? When I say fork over and over again, I start wondering, why is this called…You are on page 1 of 212Last Page



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