My name is Jennifer but my friends call me "Jenny." Don't worry, I won't bore you with the conventional details of my birthplace and childhood; we will cover these subjects on our first 6:00 am run around The Farm. However, something that you may find interesting is my television watching routine.
I must first confess that don't watch T.V. very often. Although I don't follow the current top shows, I always make time to watch reruns of Friends. I have been watching reruns since 8th grade, and it's safe to say I have seen each episode at least six times. Yes, I know that no matter how many times I watch "The One with the Prom Video," the dialogue and situations won't change in the least. But somehow Joey's outlandish jokes, and Phoebe's eccentric songs seem as fresh as the first time, and I always laugh out loud.
Part of the reason this has become such a ritual for me is because of each episode's predictability. Even though part of what makes life exciting is the high degree of uncertainty and surprise, I still like some aspects of my life to be foreseeable. I find it rather comforting to watch the six friends at the Central Perk coffee house engaging in a conversation that I have fully memorized. Whether I am watching a rerun before I go to sleep, while I work out, or at 7am on a Sunday, I always find myself comforted and smiling.
I really hope you don't find this small detail about me too bizarre. I just like some order and certainty amidst a world full of wondrous surprises and unexpected catastrophes.
I know we have some exciting times ahead of us at Stanford. Keep in mind that at the end of a challenging day I will cook up a batch of my finest microwave popcorn and invite you to a private screening of Friends. I guarantee that just like in the Friends theme song, "I'll be there for you."
P.S. Do you think 64 lb Labradors and 25 lb terriers are allowed in the dorms? My dogs Mel and J.R. would love to watch these episodes with us.
This is well written. I like that your idea is subtle enough to get through to the admissions committee, while your style is not crafted or pretentious. I would take out the dog part at the end. It doesn't really add anything to the essay. Only other suggestion: you don't cook popcorn...you pop it.
Anyway, great essay! Good luck!
it's a nice essay but not what I would call great. the whole point of this essay is to reveal as much information possible about your character. you waste 3-4 lines talking about Joe and Phoebe. I would mention this TV show, but I would try to relate to something more personal and would probably write a bit more about me..