An eighteen-year-old girls Harvard University admissions essay has left the internet in awe after she wrote about the letter 'S'...
Now, of course, the death of any loved one is incredibly difficult.
But, for a child to a lose a parent - well, that's just unthinkable.
The pain of losing a parent never disappears.
As one girl has shown this week after sharing her Harvard University admission essay.
Abigail Mack is an eighteen-year-old student who was recently accepted into Harvard University's class of 2025.
But how did she do it?
Well, aside from her very clear intelligence, Abigail wrote an incredible college admissions essay focused on the letter 's'.
And it didn't just wow the college admissions team, Abigail's essay even left the internet in awe...
Sharing her college admissions essay on TikTok, Abigail attracted over sixteen million views.
In one video, she begins by explaining the essay that got her into Harvard.
"The common app essay that got me into Harvard was, I kid you not, about the letter 'S'," she said.
"The opening line of my essay was, and I quote 'I hate the letter S.' When I was twelve, my mom passed away and so I wrote about the difference between parents and parent."
In the following videos, Abigail shares her essay.
"I hate the letter 'S,'" Abigail begins reading her essay.
"Of the 164,777 words with 'S,' I only grapple with one. To condemn an entire letter because of its use .0006 percent of the time sounds statistically absurd, but that one case changed 100 percent of my life. I used to have two parents, but now I have one, and the 'S' in 'parents' isn't going anywhere."
"'S' follows me," she continued.
"I can't get through a day without being reminded that while my friends went out to dinner with their parents, I ate with my parent. As I write this essay, there is a blue line under the word 'parent' telling me to check my grammar; even Grammarly assumes that I should have parents, but cancer doesn't listen to edit suggestions. I won't claim that my situation is as unique as one in 164,777, but it is still an exception to the rule — an outlier. The world isn't meant for this special case."
Her essay goes on to explain how she tried to distract herself from the letter 'S' by taking up extracurricular activities.
"You can't have dinner with your parent...if you're too busy to have family dinner. I couldn't fill the loss that 'S' left in my life, but I could at least make sure I didn't have to think about it. There were so many things in my life I couldn't control, so I controlled what I could — my schedule."
Eventually, after trying many activities, Abigail found 3 that she loved: theatre, politics, and academics.
"Life became easier to juggle but for the first time i didn't add another ball.I found my rhythm and I embraced it. I stopped running away from a single 'S' and began chasing a double 'S' - passion. Passion has given me purpose. I was shackled to 'S' as i tried to escape the confines of the traditional familial structure."
As her essay came to a close, Abigail finished by saying: "'S' got me moving, but it hasn't kept me going."
"I don't seek out sadness, so 'S' must stay on the sidelines, and until I am completely ready, motivation is more than enough for me."
Speaking with BuzzFeed, Abigail gave future college applicants some words of advice.
"Pour your passion, whatever it is, into every fiber of your application. Your college application is a culmination of everything you've done in high school."
"You've already put in the work, so the hardest part is done. Now, you just have to put pen to paper, share what you've accomplished, and, most importantly, illustrate how you plan to make a difference going forward in your own, unique way."
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