Examples of Starter Sentences from Past College-Application Writers:



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.


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.


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.


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.