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Sunday, December 19, 2004

Prep school application essay 

The TigerHawk household has been learning, or in my case, re-learning, the joy of prep school applications. This involves us hectoring the TigerHawk son into laboring for hours over his computer, torturing the keyboard to produce essays on any number of important questions of the day. For example, the poor fellow has to write 200-400 words about a choice he has made, a risk he has taken, or a place or object that is especially meaningful. Apart from parsing the question to understand its true intent -- something we do a lot of around here -- there comes the question, what to write? The son decided to write about our place in the Adirondacks, which has been in our family almost 100 years and has been a gathering place for the many descendents of his great-great-grandparents for most of that time. Fertile soil from which to grow an essay, I would think. But it turns out that the mechanics of it all are quite essential:

Me: "I think it is a great idea to write about how Big Wolf is meaningful to you. Why is it meaningful?"

Son: "It is peaceful."

Me: "OK. How are you going to get to 200 words on that?"

Son: "I won't use contractions."

Sigh.

Here's a picture of the place. It is peaceful.

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2 Comments:

By Blogger Fausta, at Mon Dec 20, 09:21:00 AM:

"I won't use contractions."LOL

Gad, I dread those essays!  

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