My friends have shouted Kondo from the top of their longs (OK, from the top of their Facebook pages.) So, I grabbed hold of my courage and purged, p-u-r-g-e-d, and PURGED before we moved. Stuff was gone, baby, gone. I unpacked, only finding joy in those boxes and bins, and put things away in a day. And here’s the miraculous thing: it has stayed perfectly organized because everything is wanted and where it should be. This is *something* for me because I am the ADD rattlebrain disorganized person that you love, but kind of shake your head at.
If you have a father who’s incarcerated, or who left you, or who didn’t have much success in life, look for a father figure in someone else. Every man needs a father figure, even far into adulthood. You don’t even need to know him personally, and he doesn’t even need to be alive. Most successful men leave a legacy and lessons behind, whether in a book or video. You can then read, watch, and practice their advice; just like any other father figure. My four most influential father-like figures are Chris Gardner , Andrew Carnegie, Richard Branson, and Randy Pausch .
No matter which essay option you choose, keep in mind the purpose of the essay. The college to which you are applying uses the Common Application which means the school has holistic admissions . The college wants to get to know you as a person, not just as a list of SAT scores and grades . Make sure your essay captures YOU. The admissions folks should finish reading your essay with a much clearer sense of who you are and what it is that interests and motivates you. Also, make sure your essay paints a positive portrait. The admissions folks are considering inviting you to join their community. They will not want to extend an invitation to someone who comes across as insensitive, self-centered, boastful, narrow-minded, unimaginative or indifferent.