By now you have probably heard about or read the college essay by high schooler Brittany Stinson detailing how her routine trips to Costco shaped her life and world. In the piece, now officially at viral status , Stinson paints a vivid picture of how wandering up and down the aisles at her favorite big box store inspired her to ponder the addictive nature of Nutella, imagine physics experiments involving 3-pound tubs of sour cream and converse with her father about historical figures who share their aliases with giant hams. The essay is clever, warm and highly observant and introspective. If Costco is a kingdom, as Brittany claims, she is currently its reigning Queen. But the truth is, a wide array of factors are considered in admissions decisions and the essay is just one of them. It was a thoughtfully crafted, brilliantly executed piece of a very complex puzzle.
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At exactly 5 p. Four years of maintaining a 4. Acceptance rates to those schools are below 10 percent. I knew nothing was guaranteed. But as I refreshed each tab, each one came up: Accepted. I did what any teen would do: I logged on to Twitter and obnoxiously plastered my acceptances all over my timeline. Within minutes, a reporter from saw my tweets and asked if she could interview me for an article about students who got into multiple Ivy league schools.
Why The Costco Essay Is Crucial Reading for Future College Applicants (And Also Why It's Not)
High school senior Brittany Stinson wrote about her passion in her college essay, and it got her into five Ivy League schools. The prompt instructed applicants to write about "a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. I was a conquistador, but rather than searching the land for El Dorado, I scoured aisles for free samples.
Subscriber Account active since. She also got into Stanford, which has an acceptance rate of 4. I don't think I've processed everything yet," she excitedly told Business Insider. The Ivy League is notoriously hard to get into, as the hundreds of thousands of other applicants to the eight elite schools are well aware. Stinson graciously shared her Common Application admissions essay with Business Insider, which we've reprinted verbatim below.
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