A Williams-related anecdote is featured in this article on college admissions essays:

One essay, written several years ago, sticks out in Ms. Taylor’s mind as a good example of such insight. The student wrote about a rubber-band ball she and her father had made. They collected the rubber bands that came with their groceries and other mundane things. Eventually, the student relied on her “special brainiac rubber bands” to bring her good luck on tests. She shared the ball with her friends, and came to see it as a symbol of her relationship with them and with her father.

“Here’s how we know it was a great essay,” Ms. Taylor said. “The girl applied to Williams College. She was accepted early, and the dean of admissions wrote her a personal note and sent her a rubber band for her collection.”

One essay, written several years ago, sticks out in Ms. Taylor’s mind as a good example of such insight. The student wrote about a rubber-band ball she and her father had made. They collected the rubber bands that came with their groceries and other mundane things. Eventually, the student relied on her “special brainiac rubber bands” to bring her good luck on tests. She shared the ball with her friends, and came to see it as a symbol of her relationship with them and with her father.

“Here’s how we know it was a great essay,” Ms. Taylor said. “The girl applied to Williams College. She was accepted early, and the dean of admissions wrote her a personal note and sent her a rubber band for her collection.”

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