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Power of Words
updated: Dec 01, 2012, 1:00 PM
By Kelsey Abkin
These last few weeks of mine have been overwhelmed with the task of writing. As I've trailed along the
college process, I have stared at over 20 blank pages, each one just as daunting as the last. But while
each page brings some unease, it even more so brings opportunity, an insight into my own mind. To
me, the hardest part of it all was taking who I am, what I think, what I stand for and clumsily attempting
to put it into words on a page. From this experience I have come to appreciate the impressive power of
words, but have also found the importance of choosing them wisely. I think the most unsettling thing
about words, is that they have the ability limit us. If you struggle with the ironically difficult task of
putting one word after the other, as I did, it makes you that much more susceptible to being misjudged
by an admissions reader.
On the other hand, the power to manipulate words can make one limitless. It seems the greatest writers
are those who have the capacity to put exactly what they mean and feel into words. The subtle power of
carefully chosen words can make its' reader feel something. When I have talked to anyone about writing
the college essay, they all say something along the same lines; they say that you should write honestly
and tell the admissions reader exactly who you are. Easier said than done. It's one thing to know who
you are but it's a whole other to be able to turn it into 500 words.
Overall, from the experience of writing the college essay, I have learned the extent to which words have
power, how using them skillfully can be to your greatest advantage.
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