viettran92 4 / 8 Dec 19, 2009 #1Please tell me what you think.People are engaged intellectually all the time. While some have troubles with math, others with engineering, some with psychology, I have troubles with my college essays.What do college essays have anything to do with this?Well, if you have to convey the whole image of an individual in just 500 hundred words, which might take four months to write and can change your entirely future, then those 500 words should be a very intellectual challenge.Since the moment I brought home books about college essays, confusion started. Some books said I should show a particular and special interest in the school in apply, plus an aspiration and will to achieve great things with its education. My friend, Gary, on the other hand, decided to write about his fondness toward ham radio. Meanwhile, my school counselor insisted me on writing about my trips to Africa, which he thought would make me special. And eventually, at the end of October, all I got in hand were incomplete drafts about different hobbies and trips.Revelation comes with a fresh start. When I decided to trash all the previous drafts and began with new, elaborate thoughts, the result came within just four hours and two cups of coffee. I don't need life-changing experiences, or special hobbies to draw attention on myself, the only thing I need is to know how to put my experience, even if it is simple and insignificant, into a reflection of myself to a larger and more important scale, to revitalize my aspirations and ambitions in just plain words that will make me a real human beings, not "superheroes" who hope to change the world and help people with their dreams.My essay, with just 400 plain words about a one-week humanitarian trip to Laos, satisfied me at last, even though it didn't satisfy my parents or my counselor. Why? Because I can see myself in it.