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The Colonel Chronicle

The Colonel Chronicle

Here, you can find a collection of college application essays written by your fellow South students. Beneath each essay, the author has written a reflection, explaining how they came up with their ideas, how many drafts they wrote, and more. We hope you are inspired by the stories of your peers.

Oliver Chase Norris: Common App Essay

Oliver Chase Norris: Common App Essay

Oliver Chase Norris May 14, 2024

Prompt: Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more? Response:...

Oliver Chase Norris: Hamilton Supplemental Essay

Oliver Chase Norris: Hamilton Supplemental Essay

Oliver Chase Norris May 14, 2024

Hamilton College Supplemental Essay Prompt: We each bring different backgrounds and perspectives, and we teach one another about the world through our individual and shared experiences. How will Hamilton...

Hilary Tran: Growing Through Art

Hilary Tran: Growing Through Art

Hilary Tran, Contributor May 5, 2024

This is a story of my younger self. It begins with a little girl who couldn’t draw hands and symmetrical faces, yet her dream was to become a “great” artist: In City View Elementary School, she...

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Denisa Iljas: Pollen is to Bees as Education is to Humans

Denisa Iljas April 29, 2024

"Denisa, vazhdo shkollën" My mom would say this after coming back from work, usually at around 11:30 at night, while we are both awake. Sometimes she would say the English version,"Denisa, go to school,"...

Melissa Truong: Life as a Circus

Melissa Truong: Life as a Circus

Melissa Truong April 29, 2024

The afternoon sun blazed like a spotlight, shining on me like a performer in the circus of my life. I had just wrapped up my demanding school day, rushed through a quick Science Olympiad officer meeting,...

Anya Geist: Merry Hanukkah!

Anya Geist: Merry Hanukkah!

Anya Geist, Editor-in-Chief April 14, 2024

I like December.  After Thanksgiving, my parents and I bring out our shiny brass menorahs—one from my dad’s Bar Mitzvah, one in the shape of the word shalom (meaning "peace").  Our ever-growing...

Jason Murillo: Its Not About the Guac

Jason Murillo: It’s Not About the Guac

Jason Murillo, Editor-in-Chief April 7, 2024

One summer night, my family decided to eat at Moe's, a Mexican grill restaurant that always fit the budget. An employee asked us if we wanted a side of guacamole. My mom interjected, "No thank you."...

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