Examples of Starter Sentences from Past College-Application Writers:

 

Predicaments:

Had I realized the possibility of a turkey deciding to escape the pen, I might have shut the door.

I’d been snorkeling up the creek with the current for about twenty yards when I saw, through the crystalline waters, the first shoe: a half-buried brown high heel.

The calf squirmed and kicked, and we struggled to keep it steady.


Perspectives:

Forget diamonds — hot glue and metal wire are a girl's best friend.

Who gets joy from taking selfies beside the graves of her heroes?

The bloodstained, disc-shaped shavings of the tibia looked soft and spongy, sitting in that little dish on the sterilized table in the chilled room.

Encounters:

As we sat in Nora's blue pickup, the words fell out of her mouth: "Women are too emotional to be leaders—we care too much."

The young woman in a demanding red dress and sleek black stilettos lifted her leg onto the counter and uttered two small but significant words: “Bed bugs.”

As the conference room emptied, I opened the note and read: Thank you for saying the words that I couldn't.


Interests:

It all started with a pack of flashcards — one hundred two-by-eight-inch glossy cards bound at one end by a single plastic grommet.

The space here was the key: the space of the darkness in my room, the space between the drum notes, the space that I could create between my textbooks and me.

I drew line after line after line after line, for fourteen hours, until I had finished illustrating the map.