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Shopping for an Essay Topic? Think Locally!

Wegmans in Germantown MDThe big buzz this week is Wegmans, the supermarket experience like no other. When the doors opened at 7 a.m. on Sunday, 1,000 people already were lined up to shop and get in on the action, according to an Associated Press report. Technically, many weren’t really checking it out because they had already shopped at a Wegmans by making the trip to another county, such as Frederick, or to another state, such as Virginia. But now the people of Montgomery County could stay close–or perhaps not so close–to home by shopping at the Germantown store. Is this really news? And what could it possibly have to do with college application essays?

Tip O’Neill, the late Massachusetts Congressman and Speaker of the House, once said that all politics is local. In other words, people care more about the news that affects them directly than what may affect them, perhaps even to a greater extent, on a grander scale. On Sunday, perhaps nothing short of a national disaster on the epic scale of another 9/11 could have redirected Montgomery County food shoppers’ focus away from the grand opening of a Wegmans within county limits.

Now let’s think about writing college application essays. How does an applicant attract the admissions officers? One answer is to write about something one really cares about. Don’t aim for a lofty topic, such as world peace, but on something more “local,” such as making peace with a little sister.

Admissions officers bore easily, having to sort through several dozen essays a day. However, when they land upon something recognizably individual emanating from the writer’s heart, they take notice. Imagine you are on stage as a member of the chorus of a big Broadway production. Now imagine that throughout an entire number, the cameraman focuses the spotlight solely on you. A well written essay that derives from one’s heart can highlight an individual from the crowd, just like the chorus member spotlighted throughout the performance. Your GPA and test scores get you on the stage, but your essay can lure in the admissions officer.

Oh my gosh! Where has the time gone? I’ve got to head out to the store to pick up a few things for dinner. I think I’ll go to Wegmans!

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Nancy Frieder

About Nancy Frieder

Nancy Frieder hopes her passion for assisting students with their college and post graduate application essays shines through in her blogs. She created The Write Stuff Help to reduce the stress for the applicants and their parents by helping the student pinpoint an essay topic and write it in a way to attract admissions officers. Those who work with Nancy not only improve their writing, but also learn to target an audience with a unique reflection of themselves in a way that their test scores and GPA cannot.

Nancy has lived in Montgomery County for more than 27 years. She has held reporting and editing positions for both local and national publications, and enjoys substitute teaching in Montgomery County Public Schools. Nancy and her husband just became empty-nesters, as both of their children now attend college. Their dog, Fez, is getting more attention than ever!

Catch up with Nancy on Facebook and at her website The Write Stuff Help.

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One Response to “Shopping for an Essay Topic? Think Locally!”

  1. Nancy Frieder
    On September 17, 2013 at 12:13 am responded with... #

    Ouch! When I posted this blog, I had been busy on my computer and unaware of the terrible shootings that had just occurred not too far away at the Naval Yard. Now that I know what has happened, my comment that “nothing short of a national disaster on the epic scale of another 9/11 could have redirected Montgomery County food shoppers’ focus away from the grand opening of a Wegmans within county limits” sounds repulsive to me. I did not mean to belittle the big news of the day with something so mundane as a supermarket grand opening. I hope that my ignorance of the latest happenings did not offend anyone.




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