College Admission Essays

College Admission Essays :

Gregory James Yee – Cerritos – California

Gregory’s music career began after his parents realized that without having taken a single music lesson, he could hum The Star-Spangled Banner in perfect pitch and rhythm—at age 2. Fifteen years later, the piano lessons he started while still a toddler paid off. The Whitney High School graduate has won numerous piano awards including the Raissa Tselentis Award given to one student nationwide for outstanding performance in the Advanced Bach category in the National Guild Audition. In addition to music, Gregory was a National Merit Commended Scholar, played on his school’s varsity baseball team and is an avid sports fan, having collected the autographs of over 400 collegiate and professional athletes. While he wrote this essay for USC, he was also accepted to Stanford University.

How Rocky Changed My Life - University of Southern California

In fifth grade, my teacher asked the class to list our heroes. My friends repeated familiar names like Michael Jordan, Tom Cruise and Michael Jackson. My answer? Bill Conti. Who? You may not know his name, but you’ve certainly heard his work: the theme song to the movie “Rocky.” Bill Conti is a musician, composer and, to me, hero.

I fi rst saw him at a concert when I was 9 that featured several of his original compositions. The most stirring and inspiring that night was the “Rocky” theme. As the trumpet fanfare began the audience instantly recognized the music and erupted. For an unassuming man, he commanded the audience’s undivided attention throughout the performance. That night I decided to become a composer.

When the orchestra performed the “Rocky” theme with Mr. Conti at the helm, it was the first time I had ever seen a man lead 80 other people performing a composition of his very own. He was like a painter who had an image in his mind and was conducting his understudies to create a majestic portrait before our very eyes. Unlike at any concert I had been to before, I wasn’t listening to the notes written by someone centuries ago. From his own imagination, Mr. Conti created every note his orchestra played. Just as every ear-pleasing chord and fl owing melody created a powerful image of Rocky preparing for a big fight, my music, like Mr. Conti’s, expresses images and feelings in my mind.

Since that concert, I have written several award-winning compositions that I have performed on numerous occasions, including my sister’s wedding and at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts. Last year I was honored by my high school band when they played one of my compositions. The concert by Mr. Conti inspired me to convey my feelings and emotions in the form of musical composition. My dream is to be an artist, writing music for the world to hear and conveying my thoughts through music.

Why This Essay Succeeded

There’s something inspiring about witnessing a person’s realization that they have discovered what they would like to do for the rest of their life. That’s exactly what Gregory allows the admission officers to be a part of in his essay. In describing Bill Conti’s concert, he shares what he heard and how he became inspired. Even someone who is not a music aficionado can relate to Gregory. In his story, it is not the subject that stands out so much as the verbs and adjectives.

Many people embrace music, perhaps you among them. Like Gregory did, make your story unique by making it intensely your own, and you will have written a winning essay. While Gregory could have focused on his own original compositions or performances, he chooses to emphasize something that is totally his own—how he fell in love with music. This is a unique topic that will not be shared with another applicant.

College Admission Essays - College Admission Essays - College Admission Essays

More College Admission Essays

College Admission Essays :

Essays Index

College Admission Essays To HOME PAGE

Related Links : College Admission Essays