Standford Magazine Essay Openers

Here are some open lines used by students who applied to Standford University. The admission counselors where intrigued and it caught their eye. Don't make you essay boring and drowning, try something new. Here is a list of some first lines:


1.While traveling through the daily path of life, have you ever stumbled upon a hidden pocket of the universe?

2.The spaghetti burbled and slushed around the pan, and as I stirred it, the noises it gave off began to sound increasingly like bodily functions.

3.I had never seen anyone get so excited about mitochondria.

4.When I was in eighth grade I couldn't read.

5.My younger sister, Jessica, arrived home one day reeling about the shirt that her friend had worn to school. It had simply read, “Genocide, Homicide, Suicide, Riverside.”

6.Some fathers might disapprove of their children handling noxious chemicals in the garage.

7.As an Indian-American, I am forever bound to the hyphen.

8.I have been surfing Lake Michigan since I was 3 years old.

9.On a hot Hollywood evening, I sat on a bike, sweltering in a winter coat and furry boots.

10.I change my name each time I place an order at Starbucks.

I hope this helps in getting your creative juices flowing.


This book is full of research and knowledge by top educators from Ivy League schools, education editors, journalist and experts on admissions. The author Loren Pope,  was a Washington newspaperman who led the fight for better schools because he realized how uninformed the public was about colleges.  He has written two books: The Right College:How to Get In, Stay In, Get Back In and Looking Beyond the Ivy League: Finding the College That's Right For You

Loren Pope contributes to professional journals and speaks at meetings of the National Association of College Admissions Counselors.

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14 Factors Weighed for UC Consideration

Here is a list of what the UC Admissions Office looks at  and say when they get your application:

We spend time evaluating your academic achievements in light of the opportunities available to you and your demonstrated capacity to contribute to the intellectual life at UC. The 14 factors we weigh are:

1.Academic grade point average in all completed "a-g" courses, including additional points for completed UC-certified honors courses.

2.Scores on the ACT With Writing or SAT Reasoning Test. (SAT Subject Tests are not required but are recommended by some majors on some campuses.)

3.Number of, content of and performance in academic courses beyond the minimum "a-g" requirements.

4.Number of and performance in UC-approved honors and Advanced Placement courses.

5.Identification by UC as being ranked in the top 9 percent of the your high school class at the end of your junior year (Eligible in the Local Context, or ELC).

6.Quality of your senior-year program as measured by the type and number of academic courses in progress or planned.Read more

Myth#13 About Choosing a College

Myth #13 About Choosing a College

This is the final myth that says"A good college is hard to get into"

Steven says NO. There are lots of good colleges. The secret is not to find a good college but a good match college.

A brand name college is often hard to get into but does not necessarily mean it is a good match for you.


Stay tuned for next blogs on the 14 Factors weighed for Admission to University of California (UC).