Writing Prompt: My biggest mistake

It took me a minute to realize the mix-up, since so much of the process had been out of my hands. I knew what was supposed to happen. First, answer the generic questions that can be used on more than one application (“What has been the most formative experience in your life?”), then write the essays that are unique to one school’s question (“If you could have dinner with one person, living or dead, who would it be and why?”), have Dad’s secretary type them up and photocopy them as needed, put the resulting papers in the proper application packets, mail them off, get accepted into all the elite universities, have a successful college career, have an amazing life. The steps were pretty straightforward. (more…)