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Tell us about something that is meaningful to you and why

The day’s memories flash through my mind as I lie in bed. The piano plays. Their eyes watch. My voice cracks. My music teacher shakes his head in disappointment. I open my eyes. The streetlight beams through the blinds, casting long shadows across my bedroom. I pull back my covers and hit the lights. Only one solution can clear the thunderstorm raging in my mind. I open a bedside drawer to reveal the archive of my personal thoughts.

Clasped with a letter lock, my journal contains the story of my life over years of entries. I flip it open and begin to write. A tsunami of words bursts from my fingertips as I empty every thought and concern from the day onto the pages. As I set my pen down, a wave of calm washes over me.

Journaling increases my self-awareness. It allows me to organize my thoughts and identify issues that have gone unnoticed. Reviewing what I had written, I realize I had burst into laughter during the final notes of my song, prompting my teacher to react negatively. This was actually a reflection of my own insecurity. Instead of regarding the experience as a failure, I accept it as a challenge to work harder. The embarrassment I carried in my mind now lives on the pages of my journal. I slide the book back into its drawer and close my eyes, knowing that the clouds in my mind had cleared. Published in Successful College Essays, Successful Stanford Essays, Supplements

Dyllen

Stanford University 2023
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Major: Art Practice, minor in Symbolic Systems
Accepted Universities:
Stanford University University of Southern California UCLA UCSD New York University Fordham University Marist College The College of New Jersey
Hometown: Los Angeles
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