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Teen Voice - 12/02/2012

Power of Words
updated: Dec 01, 2012, 1:00 PM

By Kelsey Abkin

These last few weeks of mine have been overwhelmed with the task of writing. As I've trailed along the college process, I have stared at over 20 blank pages, each one just as daunting as the last. But while each page brings some unease, it even more so brings opportunity, an insight into my own mind. To me, the hardest part of it all was taking who I am, what I think, what I stand for and clumsily attempting to put it into words on a page. From this experience I have come to appreciate the impressive power of words, but have also found the importance of choosing them wisely. I think the most unsettling thing about words, is that they have the ability limit us. If you struggle with the ironically difficult task of putting one word after the other, as I did, it makes you that much more susceptible to being misjudged by an admissions reader.

On the other hand, the power to manipulate words can make one limitless. It seems the greatest writers are those who have the capacity to put exactly what they mean and feel into words. The subtle power of carefully chosen words can make its' reader feel something. When I have talked to anyone about writing the college essay, they all say something along the same lines; they say that you should write honestly and tell the admissions reader exactly who you are. Easier said than done. It's one thing to know who you are but it's a whole other to be able to turn it into 500 words.

Overall, from the experience of writing the college essay, I have learned the extent to which words have power, how using them skillfully can be to your greatest advantage.


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