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'Getting lost in a book' - Favorite Place to get lost -UVA

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Dec 19, 2011   #1
In today's world, where GPS devices, cell phones and high-speed internet are everywhere, it is not as easy as it once was to get lost, literally or figuratively. It is almost impossible to escape the reach of outside communication or to get lost within our thoughts, because those thoughts are so often influenced by that same outside world. One place that I can usually count on being able to lose myself, however, is in a good book. Whether reading required literature for school or enjoying a novel for pleasure, I often get lost in the world presented by the author.

The first time I truly got lost in a book was during the summer between my 3rd and 4th grade years, when I began reading J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. As I got older, I explored more complex and engaging stories, appreciating each one more than the last. Never before had I been as in-touch with my own mind as I was when I read. The more I read, the more I respected the work of authors like H.G. Wells, J.R.R. Tolkien, Joseph Conrad, James Patterson and Stephen King. These writers are so adept at creating thought-provoking, compelling worlds that I frequently find myself spending hours at a time lost within them.

Getting lost in a book allows me to take a step back from our ever-changing world to watch and think. There is no better way for me connect with my inner thoughts and feelings than reading an interesting book. No matter where life takes me, books will always be a place for me to get lost.

any tips? thanks.
ckpckp1994 8 / 17 2  
Dec 19, 2011   #2
This is a well-written essay. You showed your passion of reading and literature to readers in a nice way. I can't see any grammatical mistakes, so kudos to you. However, I would prefer a hook at the beginning, but that's your decision. Good Luck~!
EF_Kevin 8 / 13,321 129  
Jan 24, 2012   #3
GREAT first sentence.. very insightful.
One place that I can usually count ---Get rid of "that" whenever it is unnecessary.

I like "enables"
Getting lost in a book enables...

If you can make a connection between the getting lost and your chosen field it will be very impressive. Do you get lost in books related to the field you are trying to enter by completing this program? Always let the reader come back to thinking about why it is important to you to go to this school instead of some other school. Put the pressure on the reader.. make them feel responsible for giving you this opportunity because of all the time you have invested. Make it so that even as you discuss this, your favorite place to get lost, you end up talking again about the aspiration that brings you to this application process. :-)

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