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When I was in high school, I got really stressed out over college application essays.  They seemed so long and daunting, and I would sit down at my desk and try to force myself to write.  I remember sitting for hours, staring at the computer without anything to say.  Even back then, I considered myself a writer, and not being able to do my ‘job’ and write something so important was insanely frustrating.


I vented my feelings to an older friend, and he said, “Stop worrying about it.  Just walk away from the essay.  One day, you will wake up and want to write it, and you will.”


The advice sounded crazy, but I had nothing to lose, so I followed it.  A week passed, then two… and then suddenly, I woke up itching to write my essays.  I remember that I wrote three in one day. 


For the past two months, I’ve been rolling around concepts for Book #2 in my brain (this is Book #1!).  I’ve tried to sit down and write a few times, but something inside said, “No. Not yet.”  But, as I wrote this morning, I woke up today and had the urge. A few hours later, I have a flushed-out concept, working title, and chapter suggestions!  Not sure if I love everything or if my agent will approve (or if I even like it enough to send it to her), but it’s a start.  :)  (I can’t share what it’s about yet… sorry!)


Post-writing sesh lunch:


Since it’s Cinco de Mayo, I decided to go Mexican-inspired!  But I wasn’t craving cheese… so I made a vegan quesadilla.


Instead of cheese, I used chopped artichokes:


Instead my quesadilla:


  • 3/4 cup drained, rinsed, dried, and chopped artichokes
  • 2 tablespoons salsa
  • 1/4 cup drained and rinsed Great Northern beans
  • Parsley
  • Pepper


I mashed all the ingredients together, warmed the mix in the  microwave, and then cooked it on the griddle in between a burrito wrap.


Topped with salsa!


And a salad on the side:


Ole!  Now all I need is a Mexican beer…


What did you write your college application essay on?  I wrote about being president of the Science Honor Society (nerd alert!) and organizing clean-ups at local parks.



  • Camille May 5, 2010, 1:31 pm

    I forgot it was Cinco De Mayo! I feel a Mexican lunch coming on 🙂
    My college essays were all the 300 word, 4 essay types. Lame 🙁

  • Heather May 5, 2010, 1:31 pm

    I honestly don’t rememebr what i wrote about! But, I do remember in order to get a special scholarhsip called the leadership scholarship I ahd to write a seperate essay on leadership. I do remember that one! I was president of the honor society, so i feel your nerd pain. But I was also athlete of the year so I think that “cancelled out” haha!

    • Caitlin May 5, 2010, 1:34 pm

      Mega nerd confession:

      I was also….

      President of the English Honor Society
      Treasurer of Social Studies Honor Society
      Treaurer of National Honor Society

      I have no sport team memberships to redeem myself with.

      • Molly @fuelherup May 5, 2010, 1:49 pm

        Haha I was in National Honor Society, President of Young Democrats, and Treasurer of of French club. But I was also was one of the top distance runners in the state. So I was okay haha.

        My college app was on a hiking/camping/canoeing adventure I did in the Minnesota/Canada Boundary Waters. It worked!

      • Julie @savvyeats May 5, 2010, 2:53 pm

        Um, if it helps, I was on the Math Team. Not to mention one of the editors of the high school newspaper.

        Though I was also on the tennis team… 🙂

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs May 5, 2010, 1:33 pm

    We don’t have college application essays for a lot of unis over here, so I didn’t have to write one 😀 we just had personal statements instead. BUT I do have to write them when i do postgrad applications to the US..scary!!
    That lunch looks AMAZING! I just opened a can of artichokes myself 🙂

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday May 5, 2010, 1:37 pm

    Maybe your agent will see this blog post and ask to hear about your new book?

    • Caitlin May 5, 2010, 1:37 pm

      she knows i’m working on something… but she’s not going to force me to give her it until i’m ready.

  • Diana May 5, 2010, 1:37 pm

    That’s awesome that you’re feeling inspired! It’s been a while since I’ve been truly inspired and I miss it!

  • Angharad May 5, 2010, 1:37 pm

    Yes! I made mexican lentil stew last night in honour of cinco (since I’m busy tonight). Mexican beers and quesadillas were also downed! Love it.

  • emptynutjar May 5, 2010, 1:38 pm

    Goodness…I want your life. And that is so wrong of me! I wish I could get my head on straight!.

    I don’t think I had to do an entrance essay…though I did two professional university degrees….can’t remember anyway…
    then again, i can barely remember where my car keys are, etc …

  • Matt May 5, 2010, 1:38 pm

    Haha I actually cant remember what I wrote my college essay on…

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) May 5, 2010, 1:38 pm

    so cool that you have another book in the works 🙂 i honestly don’t remember what i wrote my college essays on! how weird is that? must not have been that important to me, which is sort of sad!

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin May 5, 2010, 1:39 pm

    I cannot remember what I wrote about!!

    Good for you for getting ahead and coming up with ideas for Book #2! So inspirational!

  • Kelly May 5, 2010, 1:41 pm

    Haha I was Vice Pres of the Spirit Club, that was the extent of my club activities in hs besides sports teams. I think I wrote my essay about my parents.

  • Jessica @ How Sweet May 5, 2010, 1:41 pm

    I feel the same way about writing – I find that if I leave it go, it will come to me.

    I have no idea what I wrote about!

  • emily May 5, 2010, 1:42 pm

    I wrote about being the first person under 18 to skydive in PA. I beleive I opened with some may-jah cheese, something along the lines of “my greatest experience so far on Earth has been in the sky!!!”

    • Caitlin May 5, 2010, 1:42 pm

      hahah that is cool!

  • Madeline - Greens and Jeans May 5, 2010, 1:43 pm

    I wrote mine about my family living all over the world! I think I went through about 30 different versions before I was finally happy…

  • Michelle May 5, 2010, 1:44 pm

    I compared myself to Thanksgiving cranberry sauce cooked on a stove (as opposed to canned); seven years later it is still one of my favorite essays.

  • Gracie @ Girl Meets Health May 5, 2010, 1:45 pm

    When I was younger, I used to act (I did a few lame commercials here and there). I wrote my college essay on why I decided to turn down the chance to audition for “Sex And The City” because of how it conflicted with my morals/values, and then I related that to life decision-making in general. Granted, that was before I started watching/liking SATC!

  • Therese May 5, 2010, 1:46 pm

    Luckily for me I never had to write an application essay! Must be a U.S. thang! However, I do agree that when you’ve got nothing to say, there’s no point in forcing it. It’s better to wait until you actually have something to say and use everything else as inspiration!

  • Claire May 5, 2010, 1:47 pm

    I wrote about what Cross country running taught me about life and lessons learned from it…pretty straightforward but it was a lot of fun and I got in all the schools I had applied to so I guess it was alright. That was really before I considered myself a writer. I still feel like running is the best time to brainstorm before writing.

    • Lauren May 5, 2010, 3:49 pm

      haha that’s what I wrote my essay on too!!! I even opened the essay with this really cheesy “scene” from a race and then tied it into my motivation/inspiration for running and all the things it taught me blah, blah, blah… Glad to see I wasn’t the only XC nerd! 😉

  • Lindsey @ Sound Eats May 5, 2010, 1:48 pm

    totally agree on not forcing writing, and it can be for anything, even boring ol’ resumes! Yesterday I was having such a hard time putting together an awesome, inspiring resume, even though I had more than enough qualifications for the job. I just wasn’t feeling it. Today as I was driving home from work, I was feeling more inspired and looking forward to work on it! (And who looks forward to writing resumes??)

    Love when that happens. 🙂

  • Ashley May 5, 2010, 1:48 pm

    Artichokes make everything taste better. Your quesadilla looks so yummy.

    I have no idea what I wrote my college essay on. Isn’t that weird?! I was an art major though so it was more about the presentation of my portfolio and interviews.

  • Caitlin @ Right Foot Forward May 5, 2010, 1:49 pm

    I wrote about training to be a lifeguard, i.e. the time, dedication, etc that went into it. It sounds lame now but it was pretty inspiring, especially because the trainer told me on day one that I would never be big/strong/fast enough. He was so wrong!

    Btw, I’m really excited that you are planning to write another book!

  • Amanda@Thegrainsofparadise May 5, 2010, 1:49 pm

    Wow! Those Quesadillas look to die for! Pretty photos too:)

  • Lauren @ Running Examiner May 5, 2010, 1:51 pm

    I live for the days where I’m inspired to write! (With a full-time marketing job, writing for “myself” is unfortunately not always practicable…). I LOVE slow Sundays where I can cozy up with my laptop in a cafe, drink coffee, and work on my stories!

    (Major nerd alert here). It sounds like you were very inspired today. Yay! The feeling of fleshing out an idea, or even just writing a few solid paragraphs, is sometimes so exhilarating.

    Anyway, I wrote my college essay on (not surprisingly) my love of creative writing, and how I felt from a very young age that I was “destined” to be a writer. Kind of florid, I know, but it *did* get me accepted into a school with a great writing program!

  • Sarah for Real May 5, 2010, 1:51 pm

    I don’t think I even needed to write an essay… If I did I don’t remember it so it wasn’t ground-breaking. (I’m only 25 so I’d hope I would be remembering right!)

    My grades and test scores were good enough to ensure my admission alone (nerd alert!) so if I had to write anything I definitely didn’t stress about it.

    I do remember writing essays for scholarships though. I hated those questions that were about a life-changing moment or hardship or something. My life was pretty quiet so I literally had nothing to write about.

  • Amanda May 5, 2010, 1:55 pm

    Your lunch looks great – pretty sure I’m going to have to have Mexican food for dinner!

    My English teacher senior year was brilliant, and one of our paper assignments was our college essay!! We wrote it, peer edited, and got her feedback .. and then could submit it! I wrote about my high school lacrosse team.

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite May 5, 2010, 1:56 pm

    This is so sad… but I have no idea what I wrote my college essay on.

    Now I feel old…

  • Evan Thomas May 5, 2010, 1:57 pm

    Mine was about running in my hometown, passing a chicken coop and fresh cow manueur, and how 4 miles felt “so far”. Wow how things change in 1 1/2 years!

  • Maura May 5, 2010, 1:57 pm

    Oh my goodness, it just took me forever to remember what I wrote about! That’s pretty sad considering it wasn’t that long ago (~5years). I’m pretty sure I wrote about the sudden passing of my older cousin, Jessica (who I idolized) and how that experienced shaped me into the person I was. Unfortunately, Jess died in a drunk driving accident (her car was hit by another driver who had come from a bar) a couple weeks after her 21st birthday. Her death inspired me to get involved in SADD in high school & I wrote about that whole experience.

    • Maura May 5, 2010, 1:58 pm

      Sorry! I just reread my comment and I didn’t mean to make it that depressing!

      • Caitlin May 5, 2010, 2:00 pm

        that was sad but at least you turned the experienced into a positive act to honor her memory!

  • Kacy May 5, 2010, 2:02 pm

    I love when I get the urge to write. It usually happens for me late at night though when I’m not really in my prime writing state of mind. But I usually make sure I at least write down the thoughts before they dissapear.

    I can’t wait to hear what the second book is going to be about.

    Would you believe that I have no idea what my college essays were about. Probably family or something lame like that.

  • Natalie @ Keep It Sassy May 5, 2010, 2:02 pm

    I read in a book (Gotham Writers’ Workshop, I think?) that there’s a technique called ‘soft time’, which is basically your brain working behind the scenes on whatever you’re writing (or should be writing) at the time. I definitely do that…it’s not that I procrastinate, it’s just that I end up waiting until my brain has mulled it around and I’ve thought about it on and off and it builds and builds and builds until I sit down and spill it all out. It’s nerve-wracking, but that’s what keeps it exciting!

    That quesadilla looks so good, btw. And I wrote my college essay in the form of an Inside the Actors Studio interview with James Lipton. 🙂

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine May 5, 2010, 2:03 pm

    Congrats on the book idea!! I wrote about the Titanic. Weird topic, I know, but I was literally OBSESSED with it in elementary school…not the movie, the ship itselt!! I wrote about how much of an influence it had on me, how it was my first true passion and how it made me love history. It must have made an impact, because when I went on my college visits two separate admissions people immediately remembered my name from it!

  • Rachel May 5, 2010, 2:10 pm

    I only applied to schools that didn’t require essays.

    Hello, lazy!

  • Carolyn @ lovinlosing May 5, 2010, 2:12 pm

    I have no idea what my essay was about (or even if I had to write one). It’s been too long. 🙁

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers May 5, 2010, 2:23 pm

    Mine was “Why I Run” which is ironic because college is when I stopped running…haha

  • Michelle May 5, 2010, 2:23 pm

    I wrote about an encounter I had with a man in Boston as a freshman in high school, he took my money. The essay was about my faith in human nature, and how in just an hour, he shook it, and then the people at the restaurant we were at restored it by helping me. It was one of my finest works! 🙂

    And by the way… nerd alert, I went to Math Camp in high school…

  • BostonRunner May 5, 2010, 2:24 pm

    I wrote mine about playing sports, specifically hockey, and the impact it had on my growth as a person and my life, basically.

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople May 5, 2010, 2:28 pm

    Going to a community college I didn’t write any college essays, but what a great idea!

    I have been thinking about possibly writing a book of my own, but I write on it very rarely. Some days I wake up inspired, but they aren’t often. Whenever I try to force myself to write though, nothing comes out. I definitely need to wait for those days when inspiration hits!

  • Mary May 5, 2010, 2:29 pm

    Good for you!!
    I wrote my essay to get into nursing school about my grandpa and how he always wanted to be a nurse, but because at the time he wanted to be, it was a female dominant profession and they wouldnt let him. he did serve though in the military as emergency squad and volunteered for years through the local ambulance people. I wrote in hopes to follow on in his legacy. 4 years later and a bachelors degree, here I am! a full fledged RN 🙂

  • brittany May 5, 2010, 2:29 pm

    I wrote about moving out when I was 16 and getting emancipated from my parents.

  • Erin May 5, 2010, 2:30 pm

    I don’t recall my undergrad college of choice requiring an application essay. For grad school, though, I wrote about the time in undergrad when I had to write a paper on how microbes are used in food and the science reference librarians were so incredibly helpful that it made me want to become a librarian (it was library science grad school).

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit May 5, 2010, 2:31 pm

    You lunch looks amazing.
    I can’t even remember what I wrote my college application essay on!

  • mal May 5, 2010, 2:32 pm

    i wrote mine on how much i loved my car, a station wagon! 😀

  • brianna May 5, 2010, 2:38 pm

    so true. i also find that i write best in the morning. like, alarm goes off, i go to the kitchen and press on to make coffee, and head straight to my desk, stopping once i get hungry for breakfast and starting back at it right after. that’s why i try to schedule my classes and work for the afternoon. however, after awhile (sometimes it’s 2 hours, sometimes it’s 6) i start to slow down and the words just don’t flow as well. i’ve gotten better at learning that that is the time to just stop. the words will come again, most likely the next morning!

    best of luck to you! this is so exciting!

  • lori May 5, 2010, 2:41 pm

    I have a weird one, I wrote my college essay on Matilda (my ABSOLUTE favorite childrens book)! I got into all my schools too, so i guess it worked.

  • Jen May 5, 2010, 2:54 pm

    I can relate…I wrote mine on being NHS president and starting an environmental club!

  • Jenny May 5, 2010, 2:58 pm

    I wrote mine about travel!

  • Allie May 5, 2010, 3:04 pm

    I wrote one on diversity in the educational system, one on why I wanted to pursue my major (Geology), and the hardest one, which was about overcoming hardship. More specifically, growing up with a chronic disease and overcoming the mental/physical aspect of that as well as how that experience has impacted me as a person. That one was actually (emotionally) hard to write… I didn’t exactly like sharing that with random people I didn’t know!

  • Mackenzie @ Whatever, Gatsby May 5, 2010, 3:08 pm

    I wrote mine about my recovery from my eating disorder. I legitimately compared a slice of pizza to “Xerxes” and how sitting down to eat pizza or any “fear food” was like “The Battle of Thermopylae”. Hahahaha! Deep, I know 🙂

  • Jaya May 5, 2010, 3:14 pm

    Allie- that sounds like an amazing essay. We didn’t write essays here either, but Caitlin, I love what you wrote about the fiercely inspiring moments. For grad school, I wrote my statements of intent on my research intentions – obviously food-retated!
    I feel like I was born with pen (keyboard?) in my hand. I keep a small notebook on me at all times in which I write every cool paper idea or neat observation. I even record neat conversations that I hear around me that trigger new ideas. I love being in university and even now, going into my 3rd degree, I have barely scratched the surface of essays that I have in my notebook. I think of writing as my expressive currency. One of the best things about the blogosphere is the exposure to so many wonderful variants of “good” writing. Great post!

  • Meg @ Be Fit Be Full May 5, 2010, 3:14 pm

    Is it bad that I have no recollection of what I wrote my college essays on? None. It was over 10 years ago then! If that counts for anything 🙂

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] May 5, 2010, 3:15 pm

    How the heck do you remember what you wrote about? I graduated HS in ’07 and I can’t even remember – hehe.

    I recently asked for a quesidilla at a restaurant w/o cheese and got the weirdest look… I ended with the cheese : )

  • Rachel @ Suburban Yogini May 5, 2010, 3:22 pm

    I don’t think we wrote application essays, just a personal statement.

    However, today I have been on a role. I have written a short story in about an hour the bones of which have been in my head for days. I guess there’s something in the air today!

  • Ali @ Food, Fitness, Fashion May 5, 2010, 3:22 pm

    I wrote mine about struggling with my learning disabilities. I still have a copy and love to read it am realize how far I have come! Good luck with he concept of Book #2, I am sure ti will be amazing! PS miiiiisssss yoooooouuu!

  • LindsayH May 5, 2010, 3:34 pm

    I wrote mine about Candystriping!

  • lisa May 5, 2010, 3:44 pm

    Before my senior year of high school, I had worked four summers at a summer camp I grew up going to. I wrote about my growth through working there, and to this day I think often of this camp.

  • Lizz (leadingthegoodlife) May 5, 2010, 4:04 pm

    I had a similar experience – nothing was working when I sat down to write my essays, and then in the middle of the night I woke up with a great idea. I scribbled it all down and then went back to sleep. 🙂

    I think the essay was supposed to be about how my educational experience had changed my life thus far. I went to an all-girl Catholic high school (with uniforms) so I wrote about standing out when it’s so easy to blend in. I actually cut out paper dolls, glued little uniform skirts on them, and hand-wrote my essay on the back. I was worried it would be little ‘crafty’ for a business school application, but my teachers/counselors loved it…and I got into a really competitive school, so I guess it was ok! I was (and am) actually quite proud of that one!

  • julia May 5, 2010, 4:05 pm

    for one university I wrote a poem and a science experiment, and for another, wrote about the Baby-Sitters Club books. Remember those? haha. Well…. maybe my topics were unconventional, but I got into my top choice school, so yay! But I’ve been writing and struggling today on my grad school statement of purpose. It’s tough!

  • Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly May 5, 2010, 4:12 pm

    Is it pitiful that I don’t remember what I wrote my college essay on? I have been sitting here staring at the comments box for like 5 minutes trying to remember! I can’t…wow…I am not that old either!

  • Katherine May 5, 2010, 4:16 pm

    I’ve been thinking about my college essay recently. maybe it’ll be a blog post soon.

  • Sarah May 5, 2010, 4:20 pm

    i don’t remember what i wrote my college essay on…hmmm. i was a 4 year athlete and in NHS plus i was HUGE math nerd so im sure that was all mentioned. i know i was freaked out writing it and now i can’t even remember haha! o well i got in so guess it worked!

  • evan (blog is in the works) May 5, 2010, 4:24 pm

    Totally know what you mean. I’m like that with college papers too- I can’t write it until I’m inspired to (which usually coincides with being pressed for time)!

    My college essay topic was dramatic.

    I was in theatre and my hs had an amazing drama program, thanks to our director. In my junior year, I was cast as the lead in Showboat, a reeeeally difficult, operatic, old musical, and not even 2 weeks into the show our director was arrested for embezzlement of school funds and escorted off the premises by the police! So many cast members dropped out but a few of us and a new, young director banded together and pulled a great show together. My theme was basically about being the lead in a show without a solid director and using that as a metaphor for taking direction in your own life.

    Also, the slam poetry I sent to NYU probably helped me to get in. I helped to start a slam poetry club at my school that rivaled the Nuyorican! Haha…I now prefer to repress my dramatic urges whenever possible.

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman May 5, 2010, 4:27 pm

    Oh my goodness, how does everyone remember their college entrance essays? Maybe I blocked it out of my memory or maybe I’m just old, but I can’t even take a wild guess. And now I’m wishing some computer somewhere used floppy disks so I could find out. Highly unlikely.

  • Katie May 5, 2010, 4:41 pm

    This is a totally apropos post, considering I’m stalling write an application essay for an internship I really want. I’m just not feeling the essay right now.

    I wrote about misogynism in A Picture of Dorian Gray for my college essay.

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) May 5, 2010, 4:49 pm

    I wrote about why I wanted to be a journalist–hey, I was applying to journalism school, it was appropriate! 😉

  • Cali May 5, 2010, 4:51 pm

    I need to go out and buy artichokes immediately. What a great combo for the quesadilla. Mmmm.

    For my college entrance essay I wrote about a woman who lived with us when I was growing up. She was a pregnant, exotic dancer who came to our family through Crisis Pregnancy Center. She was crazy, and it wasn’t until 10 years later that I realized how much her presence in our home impacted my life. It was great fodder for the essay. I was in 5th grade when she showed up to our house with an army bag filled with stripper clothes. We sat in her room, tried on the clothes, and she read tarot cards. No joke.

  • Raewyn May 5, 2010, 5:03 pm

    Ooh, a 2nd book? Hooray! Lol..I was just wondering the other day if you were going to write a second one.

    I don’t know if you ever thought of this, but I would SO buy a cookbook written by you! You have such a fun narrative voice that I love reading, plus you’re super encouraging, not to mention a great cook! I’d love to see you write a “healthy” cookbook chronicling your journey into healthy eating and eventually vegetarianism. Just a thought… 🙂

    I made your grilled banner sammie this morning for breakfast, but I added a twist!

    • Caitlin May 5, 2010, 8:59 pm

      Thank you 🙂

  • Justine May 5, 2010, 5:05 pm

    I actually wrote my college admissions essay on how film inspired me to want to steal cars for a living AND THEN inspired me to become a writer. I have no idea how I got into college.

  • Rachel @ WOW May 5, 2010, 5:06 pm

    I actually don’t remember what I wrote my college admissions essays on, but considering I’m in graduate school they must’ve done the trick!

  • Ellen May 5, 2010, 5:07 pm

    Oh my gosh, I honestly don’t remember what I wrote my essays on. I must have blocked that period of my life out of my mind. I’m a “writer,” but I had such a hard time with those darn things. I must not have done such a terrible job because I got into the school I wanted. And thank goodness to that because I only applied to four!

  • Kelly May 5, 2010, 5:12 pm

    Something I regret constantly, I applied to only the schools that I did not have to write an essay with the application. I thought I was an awful writer at the time. These same schools were also selected based on almost guaranteed admission as I was completely terrified of challenging myself and failing.

  • Jenny @ nutmegger May 5, 2010, 5:25 pm

    I wrote about failing my driving test! I figured I could spin it towards a lesson…seemed to work!

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) May 5, 2010, 5:32 pm

    Hmm I didn’t have to write an entrance essay for uni in Australia – they just went off our high school grades!

  • BroccoliHut May 5, 2010, 5:57 pm

    Haha, I actually wrote my college entrance essay about food, and how I have transformed my relationship with it (I discussed my struggles with anorexia). I was really proud of it when I finished it!

  • Tracy May 5, 2010, 6:04 pm

    I make vegan quesadillas like that all the time, but I use avocado as my “cheese”. Try it!!

  • Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter May 5, 2010, 6:12 pm

    I can’t even remember what I wrote my college app essay on! We had to edit so many of them in my college writing class that I can tell you what my friends wrote theirs on.

  • joanna May 5, 2010, 6:22 pm

    to get into nyu i actually wrote my own eulogy. i know that sounds morbid but it wasn’t really like that– it’s a really cool way to write about what you want your life to be like.

  • kailey May 5, 2010, 6:32 pm

    im heading off to virginia tech next year & wrote my essay about how I hate wasting things (i.e food, pens, paper). My english teacher got a good laugh at it.

  • Lee May 5, 2010, 6:55 pm

    I wrote mine about a week long kayak trip that I took during the summer of my junior year.

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing May 5, 2010, 7:27 pm

    Gah I totally forgot it was Cinco de Mayo.. darn. I now want some Mexican food! Too bad I’ve already had dinner 🙁
    I didn’t have to write a college essay.. my college didn’t require one.

  • Cat May 5, 2010, 8:05 pm

    I grew up in a really small, very conservative town. But I spent the summer before Senior year of HS in San Francisco with my brother and sister. So I just wrote about the diversity of experiences I had in the Bay Area, in contrast to what I was used to. My basic point was how excited I was that I’d only scratched the surface of life experience and was excited to do that at an urban college (I went to college in Seattle so it all worked out!).

  • Lily @ Lily's Health Pad May 5, 2010, 8:44 pm

    I wrote about growing being a Midwestern transplant in the South. It was a really good essay, and it got me into my dream school (Notre Dame)! But I didn’t end up going because they only offer “need-based” scholarships. And I’m sorry, but 40,000 dollars a year is a lot to pay for college! I’m glad I didn’t go too. I can’t imagine how much debt I’d be in right now!

  • Julie @ Pickley Pear May 5, 2010, 8:54 pm

    I wrote about my life as a figure skater – the dedication, training and coaching. And it wasn’t even a school sport! Good luck with Book #2, can’t wait to hear your ideas.

  • Jolene ( May 5, 2010, 9:09 pm

    In Canada the universities don’t have application essays as far as I know.

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie May 5, 2010, 9:12 pm

    I remember when I was in college I would write a paper when I got an assignment and then the day before it was due I’d hate it and spend all night writing a whole new one.

  • Wei-Wei May 6, 2010, 12:41 am

    I haven’t written college essays yet! I don’t know what I’m going to write… I have no idea what all this college business is about! [clueless]

    Oh, that quesadilla looks diviiine. 😀


  • MelissaNibbles May 6, 2010, 5:40 am

    Good luck with the 2nd book!
    I was president of the Science Honor Society too! I was also captain of the math team. Now I’m 30 and work in a lab with robots. My name is Melissa, and I’m a nerd.

  • Ilana May 6, 2010, 9:03 am

    Artichoke hearts are aaamaaazing!!

    You just brought me back to stressing so much over college! It’s so crazy to think I’m *almost* done now, from five years ago where I was waiting and anticipating… My college essay was about my dad having a baby and how I tried to deal with the feelings of replacement.

  • Helen May 6, 2010, 10:29 am

    We didn’t have to do am application for college like that, we had to write about ourselves and all the things we do in our lives. It was basically bigging ourselves up!!! I am SO intrigued about the 2nd book!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) May 6, 2010, 10:47 am

    I have no idea what I wrote my essays on because they posed the questions. I remember thinking they were way to easy compared to what my guidance counselor was preparing me for.

  • Ashley May 6, 2010, 1:05 pm

    I wrote mine on having Jaw surgery when I was 16 and going back to work waitressing at a retirement home with my mouth wired shut! I got the best grade in AP english high 90’s even though i got a B every semester I took it Jr and Senior year! I got into my first choice school yay 🙂

  • Susan May 6, 2010, 5:59 pm

    Okay, I remember when you set a New Year’s resolution to write a book (2009?) and here you are starting your SECOND one!! Amazing!! Another reminder that nothing is impossible, thank you Caitlin 🙂

    As for the essay business. I had to write an essay to get into journalism school. Except, instead of doing an essay, I wrote it out as a Q&A with myself like a reporter would do. I guess they liked it, I snagged one of the 20 spots in the programme!

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