“Remember that hope is a good thing, Red, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.”
Both of these quotes come from Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King. While the use of quotes in college essays can be tricky, Samantha used both of these effectively when writing a supplemental essay for William and Mary. She talked about cancer and what it has taught her. She talked about appreciating the time you have and enjoying the moment. She talked about the power of hope. In other words, my 17 year old has learned lessons that it takes others a lifetime to figure out and some never figure out at all. She is an amazing kid who is going to soar in college and beyond. We are waiting to hear from her first of two schools to let her know if she was accepted. Exciting times!