One teen shared her college admissions essay on TikTok and it resonated with those who lost a parent. So many people were moved by the essay that it quickly went viral and received thousands of likes.
She started the essay by stating that she hates the letter “S,” and then went on to explain why.
She said, “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.”
She continued, describing how that ‘S’ impacted her life and how she used it as an analogy for her loss. “‘S’ follows me. 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,” she said.
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Through her essay, others could feel her pain, loss, sorrow, and devastation from losing a parent. She was able to capture the essence of loss and how it impacts one in the smallest ways – like through a single letter at the end of a word.
To distract herself from her loss, she worked on staying busy and taking on as many extracurriculars as possible. “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,” she explained.
She went on to talk about how she used things like theater, academics, and politics to distract her from her loss (the letter ‘S’) but began to foster a genuine love for those activities. She ended her essay by saying, “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.”
After sharing her essay on a four-part TikTok series, Abigail shared a video of herself reading the email from Havard, a school with a 3.43% admissions rate, and discovering if she was accepted or not.
Watch her reaction in the video below:
The essay helped Mack get accepted to Harvard! Based on her powerful writing skills that resonated with so many, it seems like they’re lucky to have her.
Abigail also shared the exciting news of her acceptance on Instagram, saying, “It’s officially official – I’ve committed to Harvard! I’m so unbelievably grateful and I can’t wait for the next four years.”Whizzco