I’m working on an essay today in which I acknowledge that I haven’t discovered my own truth.
You see, in my brainstorming workshops I ask my students to write about their “kernel of truth.” What I mean is that I want them to acknowledge not just their successes but also their foibles. I want them to reveal the things they hide or don’t speak about.
I believe the most compelling essays are those that are truthful.
And yet, I’ve never really required myself to do the same. It’s time for me to look inside myself. This is scary stuff, but I can’t expect others to confide their vulnerabilities if I don’t know mine.
I’ll post the essay in a few days.
In the meantime, if you’re a rising senior ready to search for a topic for your college application essay, come to my workshop on June 29, 2 to 5 p.m. at One Technology Park Drive, Westford, Mass.
Register here and take a load off your shoulders. I’ll make it interesting, fun and meaningful. I promise!