If you had to write a college essay today, what would you write? Hold on to that thought for a bit.
Because we’re all about doing BOLD things here at Chez Ladybadass, my husband just left to complete a double circumnavigation of the planet. On a sailboat … alone. Yes, that’s 40,000 something miles of sailing from San Francisco down to Cape Horn, a quick whip around Antarctica, then up the right-hand side of the Americas to Canada, next (because of climate change) a meander around some icebergs through the Northwest Passage (aka – over the top of Canada), wave to Russia, and finally head south home. And no, he’s not stopping along the way for a beer and a nap. He’s carrying all the food, water and fuel he needs for the full year. If all goes well, he’ll only stop in Newfoundland sometime next summer to wait for the Northwest passage to open (i.e., melt a bit.)
Just in case you were wondering I was invited and no, I had no desire whatsoever to go with him. That’s said, I’m HUGELY supportive of this adventure and prouder than punch. Randall is LIVING my rhetoric of “Be 100% you and everything else will sort itself out” in a pretty dramatic way. Want to go along for the ride virtually? He writes every day from sea.
I have no doubt you’re having one or more of the following reactions to this story.
This man is nuts!
This man is awesome!
What on earth does this adventure have to do with a college essay?
Here’s where I answer the question, stay with me. To pull off this whole “he writes about his adventure from sea” situation we have to do some shenanigans from this end. Because out in the middle of fill in your Ocean name of choice here, Randall and Moli (his boat) do not have internet connectivity. This means Randall sends his writing, the photos, and video through satellite magic to Freddy. Freddy is Randall’s content manager back here at home base. We love Freddy.
Last week as Freddy, Randall and I were sitting around my dining room table talking through the logistics and plan around this whole process. As we wrapped up our conversation, our discussion moved to Freddy and what was happening in his life. He’s a Senior in High School and going through the whole college application process. We started talking about the college essays he needed to write. As this whole “how do you talk about yourself” is kind of my “thing” he asked me for some thoughts on how he might approach the process. Smart boy.
He started by sharing the essay prompts.
So again, if you had to write a college essay today what would you write? Thinking about how you would answer ALL these questions could help you at any period in your professional career. Take a look at these current day scenarios:
You get my point.
Now, the dare. I dare you to write your current college essay. Pick one of the questions above and answer it. I want to read your answers. Seriously. What will happen after that? I have a few ideas, and if you take me up on the dare, we’ll talk about how you can be involved.