Memorable Essay - Melodies of Life - Director of Admissions - Lawrence University
There are some topics that are just plain hard to write about. Music
is one of them. But if you can write well about something like music,
it can be very impressive.
Michael Thorp, director of admissions at Lawrence University, has
read many poor essays about music. Despite the fact that music is
such a difficult topic, it was the subject of one of the best essays he
The student wrote about playing a Bach overture. Thorp says, “What
made this essay truly special was that the student was able to reflect
upon the music’s effect on the people around her."
“She included a description of a student outside her normal peer
group who was sitting next to her and how through the music they
were playing they bridged the social chasm that existed. It was
well-written. It was imaginative. It gave me a true glimpse into her
personality. It was a brilliant essay," raves Thorp.
Don’t be afraid to tackle a difficult topic. Often while more time-consuming
to write, they can make extremely effective essays.