A Mad Libs College Essay


It’s the month of December, which means millions of high school seniors across the United States are working on their last-minute college essays. We at The Princeton Tiger are here to help with a convenient and personalized fill-in-the-blank template that’ sure to get you accepted to the school of your dreams.

Prompt: Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.

(Your Name)’s Winning College Essay

As a result of my college application process, I have chosen to apply to your ________(adjective) University. I would like to spend the next ________(number) years there because of your thriving ________(activity) program. In fact, in high school, I had two interests that went hand in hand: ________(same activity) and my passion for playing the bassoon. The bassoon is an ________(adjective) instrument, especially when played ________(adverb). The range of ________(plural noun) it can make is representative of my range of academic and co-curricular interests, from studying ________(noun), to ________(hobby).

Furthermore, just as the bassoon is heard in (plural noun) around the world, I too am very well traveled. For example, I have traveled to (place) for a duet bassoon performance with (famous person).

Moreover, a(n) (adjective) nursery rhyme is “Jack be nimble, Jack be quick, Jack jumped over the candle stick.” Much like the rhyme, the bassoon is known for its agility. Likewise, I learned to be (adjective), and to adapt to the situation at hand. This is indicative of the fact that I was accepted into the National Conference for Young Bassoon Quartet Leaders in (place) during the summer of 2005. I attended (adjective) conferences in which I discussed various political issues surrounding the bassoon and its impact on society.

I must conclude with a powerful experience. In the seventh grade, I had the honor of presenting Mozart’s “5th Concerto for Bassoon in (letter) Major” in front of a(n) (adjective) audience. My (family member), who is an esteemed orchestra conductor, joined me on stage afterward to congratulate me on my scintillating performance, handing me a bundle of (color) flowers—and that was the day I realized I was a true man.

If I could make one argument as to why I should be admitted to your (adjective) University, it would be because you will never find anyone else as (emotion) about playing the bassoon. (Name of University) Class of 2021!!!

– JS ’19

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