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College Essay You are nine years old on a family trip Ahead of you is the George Washington Bridge Your eyes light up with amazement your fists are clenched with anticipation Your heart races Then you grasp what you see the New York City skyline I gazed at this dazzling sight until it faded in the haze The experience changed me forever because deep within I knew New York City was my home On Christmas Day of 2000 I received the greatest surprise ever When I thought that my family were finished opening presents my sister surprised me by handing over a present that was hidden under her chair I opened it and it was a New York City guide book I skimmed through the pages while my family watched quietly Then I discovered tickets to see the Rockettes and a ticket to LaGuardia Airport inside the front cover I had never been so thrilled in my life My two sisters were taking me to the city that never sleeps for a weekend I did everything the typical tourist does We saw the Rockettes were in awe of the St Patricks Cathedral I ice skated in Central Park and I marveled at Times Square As the plane took off back to Boston I watched the skyline until it vanished in the haze once again In February 2002 I paid another visit to New York City This time my beloved skyline was clearly different but still glowed vividly I was with my brother and most of our time that weekend outside since we had beautiful weather As we strolled down the sidewalks I enraptured myself in the vivaciousness of the city Immensed in it all I realized I wanted more than anything to stay there learn from these people and be a part of this mecca Eight years later my eyes still light up with amazement and my fists are still clenched with
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