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The first time I read through the essay choices for my application to Coe, I have to admit, I was a little surprised. Most colleges ask you to write about your high school activities, a mentor that has changed your life, or how you overcame an obstacle and became a better person in doing so. The topic that stuck out the most to me was what I would pack for college if given only ten minutes. My first thoughts were �Clothes! Money! Cell phone! Ten minutes?!� But when I really thought about it, I realized I don�t need to bring any of those things. Yes, I will need clothes, and like every college student I will need money. But money can be sent and clothes purchased fairly cheaply when necessary. What I can�t replace are memories.

At home, next to my bed, I have a large box full of photos. Some are organized into small albums, some are loosely organized in piles, and others are just everywhere helter-skelter. They are my memories of the last 17 years. There are family photos and pictures of old pets. There are pictures of my brother and I playing in leaves in our yard. There are pictures of Christmases past and of weddings and births and all the momentous occasions of my family�s life. There are also pictures of friends. In my box, I have pictures of my best friend Emily and I, who have been friends since the second grade. There are embarrassing pictures of those awkward middle school years, which I always contemplate throwing away, but I can never seem to do it. There are pictures of every high school play I have helped with and the people I�ve met in drama. I have pictures of my boyfriend and all my friends, having fun and being kids. This box of memories is irreplaceable and I would not move out without it. Leaving people behind and starting anew can be hard, and whenever I need to feel comforted I can look at my photos and remember there are people who love me and care about me.

I will pack my old photos to help remember my life so far, but I want college to be a new place where I meet new people. I want to make new memories, and in order to do so; I will need to bring my camera and plenty of film. For some kids, it can be difficult leaving the only home they have ever known and striking out alone for the first time. They have a hard time making new friends and starting conversations. I don�t want to be one of those students. I fully intend to be just as outgoing in college as I am in high school. I will be involved in student life and meet new people. I plan on going new places and learning new things. I want to take new photos to add to my box.

I love my friends and family and I plan to maintain the relationships I�ve made in high school. At the same time, I plan to make the most out of my college experience. I want to make new memories and I would love to make them at Coe. Thank you for taking the time to consider me. I hope to hear from you soon!


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