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College Essay Example

Stephen Turban, a former Rock Bridge student, used this essay for his Common Application. Turban now attends Harvard University. Entering my kindergarten classroom, I shuffled around my blueberry shaped classmates as some began throwing their winter layers into cubbies. Admittedly, my torso was equally bulbous – covered with the threats and extortions of my mother: a heavy […]

Working with children fosters appreciation for learning

Working with children fosters appreciation for learning

After a month of snow days and extended weekends, it is easy to fall into a slump, to lose motivation and slack off in my classes. I am burnt out. Lacrosse season and the promise of summer steal my focus, and my classes seem less interesting than they did in August. Yet one class still […]

Community volunteering creates sense of responsibility

Community volunteering creates sense of responsibility

  “One person dies of hunger nearly every three seconds.” These words she uttered resonate in my mind to this day. I remember my hand froze before I could finish pouring the last few grains of rice into the bag. I stopped and thought about what the spokeswoman from the Stop Hunger Now organization had […]

Leaving high school, with comforts of home

Leaving high school, with comforts of home

With the thought of leaving home to attend college is close to becoming a reality for many seniors, my friends talk about their excitement to “finally” get away from their parents and live on their own. They mostly want to get away from the constant nagging of their parents and the constant chatter of younger […]

Stigma prevents adequate treatment of mental illness

Stigma prevents adequate treatment of mental illness

In this rapidly advancing age of science and technology, researchers are hurtling forward the field of medical investigation and discovery. Our knowledge of the human brain and diseases afflicting this central organ is expanding exponentially, yet mental illness remains a dated social taboo. In fact, according to a survey conducted by Time to Change, an […]

Lack of promotion in schools prevents lacrosse from achieving full potential

Lack of promotion in schools prevents lacrosse from achieving full potential

In Columbia, there is one girls lacrosse team. It is an expensive, unsanctioned and widely unknown group of athletes. The anonymity of womens lacrosse in the center of the state harshly limits the size of the team as well as the fan size. The failure of RBHS to recognize the girls lacrosse team as an […]

New field turf necessitates reconstruction of track

New field turf necessitates reconstruction of track

Recently Columbia Public Schools announced that they would replace the playing surface at Wayne Sells Field at RBHS. FieldTurf, the type on Sells Field, was found to be defective around the time RBHS installed theirs. While I’m always in favor of upgrading facilities to ensure we have the best available for our athletes, the new […]

Science education in U.S. lacks adequate hands-on activities

Science education in U.S. lacks  adequate hands-on activities

Six times a year, students get up early on a Saturday morning and make the commute to school to take the American College Testing exam, otherwise known as the ACT. The test consists of an English, mathematics, reading and science section, in that order. The last section, though, seems to be the most challenging for […]

Guns necessary to deter violence

Guns necessary to deter violence

Two weeks ago, a gunman entered a mall in Maryland with explosives and a gun, killing two workers and killing himself as well. One response to the shooting would be to blame guns. However, if the government prohibited guns, it wouldn’t mean there would be fewer murders. Marijuana, for example, is illegal, but usage has […]

Disruption at Global Village fashion show baffles, disappoints

Disruption at Global Village fashion show baffles, disappoints

Ever since I was a sophomore, I’ve looked forward to the Global Village fashion show. Every year, I start planning my outfit a month in advance and lay it out the night before so I’m ready to go in the morning. The thrill of leaving class and getting dolled up with my closest friends is […]

Mindless traffic

Directions: This test contains one passage, followed by several questions. After reading the passage, select the best answer to each question and mentally fill in the corresponding oval. You are allowed to refer to the passage while answering the questions. You fire up the engine, but your car’s hum is not alone, but only a single […]

NCAA regulations forbid assistance to athletes

NCAA regulations forbid assistance to athletes

Walking out of his classroom following his morning public speaking course, a University of Missouri football player set out in the pouring rain to his dorm somewhere across the Francis Quadrangle. A daily venture he makes has recently been impeded by a broken leg, suffered in the previous week’s practice. Wobbling out the door, he […]

Sports create outlet in life, provide lessons

Sports create outlet in life, provide lessons

I can’t remember a time in my life that my father, my brother and I weren’t completely sports-crazed, as if one of the most important things in my life were how well my favorites, Notre Dame athletics and Chicago professional teams were doing in their current season and beyond. Just like every other sports fan, […]

Positive attitude ensures success even in most negative situations

Positive attitude ensures success even in most negative situations

There is a very fine line between a good day and a bad day. A little rainstorm, a bad haircut or even a slightly negative comment is all it takes to turn a day upside down for some. However, think about how insignificant these little events are compared to our entire lives; it would seem […]

Modern culture aids subconscious racial stereotypes

Modern culture aids subconscious racial stereotypes

When I was younger, I saw myself neither as black nor white, African-American nor Caucasian. I just saw myself as a little girl who happened to have a dark dad and a light mom. I don’t really understand why race is so important to the identity of someone because I always thought that people saw […]

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